Garena Free Fire overtook PUBG Mobile for the second time as the Battle Royale in which players spent the most money in the United States. The feat took place in Q1 2021, which stands for the first quarter of 2021. The data are from the Sensor Tower Store Intelligence website. Free Fire generated approximately $100 million dollars in revenue during the last quarter. It is 4.5 times more than the amount achieved in the same period of the previous year.
With this milestone, Free Fire is for the second time in a quarter, surpassing Tencent’s game. This happened for the first time in 2019. In addition, PUBG Mobile’s revenue in the United States was below $68 million while COD Mobile was slightly below $62 million.
Once again we can see the huge amount of money that Battle Royale mobile games are moving. No surprise to see many developers trying their luck at this segment. The most shocking recent examples are Resident Evil Re: Verse and Final Fantasy: First Soldier. We don’t think that this fever is close to meeting its end. However, the graph shows that the largest volume of money is concentrated in only three games.
Also according to the Sensor Tower website, the Battle Royale genre grew 42% in the United States in the year-over-year comparison. Thus, it is clear that Fortnite has been greatly hampered by the removal of the App Store.
When it comes to global charts, in the first quarter of 2021, PUBG Mobile raised $744.4 million, an increase of 3.2% year-on-year. Garena Free Free came in second with $255 million, an increase of 80% year on year. Call of Duty: Mobile comes in 3rd place with approximately $ 182 million, which is a huge increase of 127% year on year.
Is PUBG Mobile showing its first signs of “tiredness” in the face of competitors? Remember that Free Fire was released before PUBG Mobile and COD Mobile after Garena’s success.