COVID-19 pandemic has affected the games industry just like any other industry. However, gaming companies’ numbers are growing. We knew before that March 2020 was the best month for mobile games in Europe when we talk about downloads. New research by kryptoszene.de confirms that too. In the last week of March saw a 132 percent increase in gaming apps installation. Also, gaming stocks and investors are benefiting from this development.
Games Industry numbers are rising
44.53 million mobile games were installed worldwide, that’s on 21st March alone. On the same day of the previous year, the number of mobile games installation was 18.02 million only. Also, there are geographical differences. For example, gaming applications are in high demand in Spain right now that due to the number of high cases in the country. 66 million gaming applications installed one month after the 200th confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iberian Peninsula. This number was 43 million the month before. You can see the rise in downloads in the infographic below which shows download percentage before and after confirmed corona case number 200.
Moon Active’s Coin Master was the leading gaming app by sales followed by Playrix’s Gardenscapes. Other games on the list are Supercell’s Brawl Star and Clash of Clans besides Pokemon Go, Homescapes, Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade, King of Avalon: Dragon War, and PUBG Mobile. Gaming applications downloads also surpassed entertainment apps (including streaming services) in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year.
The games industry is benefiting from the current crisis and it’s doing better than other sectors. Based on the same report, Gaming app downloads rose by 75 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, entertainment apps such as Netflix and Disney Plus are not thriving like our beloved industry. Furthermore, more people got into gaming too, discussions about games on Twitter increased by 71 percent.