It's been a while since PUBG Mobile's revenue outran that of its bigger brother, and the game has been reaching new heights ever since, hitting record figures in May 2020.
According to a report by market research firm Sensor Tower, PUBG Mobile was the top-grossing mobile game in May.
Tencent and PUBG Corp's game has raked in upwards of $226 million in user spending on mainstream platforms. This means the popular shooter has grown 41 per cent from the same month last year, which certainly bodes well for the future.
Perhaps expectedly, most of the revenue comes from PUBG Mobile's Chinese version. After the Chinese government's crackdown on mobile games, PUBG Corp and Tencent had to make some corrections, one of which war renaming it to Game for Peace, but that clearly hasn't damaged its earning potential.
PUBG Mobile's next best earner are the United States, which were responsible for 10.2 per cent of spending, while Saudi Arabia came in third with 5.5 per cent.
We were used to seeing Honor of Kings, Tencent's mobile heavyweight, placed first but this time it had to settle for second place. Of course, being second doesn't mean its revenue is any less impressive, raking in $204.5 million in gross revenue.
Coincidentally or not, Honor of Kings grew by 42 per cent year-on-year, so Tencent are clearly doing something right here.
It's well worth saying that Tencent's mobile games have a tendency of turning into gold, as Lightwave & Quantum and TiMi Studios have really become mobile development powerhouses. Considering the rate at which PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile are updated with new content, though, it shouldn't be that surprising.
You can find the full report at Sensor Tower's website .