GameRefinery publishes mobile game market review for June 2022 | Pocket Gamer.biz

RPGs, minigame modes, and anniversary events were among the biggest draws in mobile gaming across June, according to data from GameRefinery.

The biggest release of the month was, unsurprisingly, Diablo Immortal, which quickly entered the top 10 grossing games in the US.

Disney Mirrorverse also celebrated a successful launch, jumping straight into the US top 100, and being chosen as a finalist for the “most promising soft launch” award at GameRefinery’s 2021 Mobile GameDev Awards. The game is also succeeded in Japanese markets, particularly in the free categories

Success was not locked into some of the biggest IPs in gaming. Bloodline: Heroes of Lithas and Artery Gear: Fusion also entered the top 140 highest-grossing games.

Seven Deadly Sins and Dragon Ball Legends celebrate anniversaries

The month also saw several games benefit from anniversary events, with games such as The Seven Deadly Sins and Dragon Ball Legends enjoying spikes in revenue as a result. Similarly, games such as Project Makeover and Redecor included Pride-themed battle passes.

Gucci took advantage of the metaverse by returning to Roblox, this time establishing a permanent presence on the platform with a Fall Guys inspired world called Gucci Town.

This month also saw Japanese Rhythm game Project Sekai Colorful Stage feat. Hatsune Miku hosts its first Connect Live concert, featuring a performance by virtual band Vivid BAD SQUAD. This premium event required tickets purchased in advance for users to watch the entire concert. The game further monetized the concert with the sale of both in-game and real-life merchandise, available exclusively from the in-app store.

One low point for the month was Harry Potter: Magic Awakened. Despite being a huge success at launch, the card game – currently exclusive in Chinese-speaking markets – has been consistently dropping in rankings. The game is due to launch globally later this year.

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