Mojang AB’s Minecraft app has topped an index of July’s top 20 grossing games for Android in China, going up by three places compared to June, with Huan Qian Gu, based on a popular Chinese fantasy drama, coming in at two (click image below to enlarge).
According to Newzoo and TalkingData, who create a monthly “China mobile games monitor”, this is the first time since they starting doing the rankings that a western title has made it to top spot.
“This is a clear indicator that the ‘easy to play, hard to master formula’ that has held western players spellbound these past few years (and saw Microsoft purchase the game for $2.5 billion in 2014) holds equally true for eastern audiences as well,” the report said.
Supercell’s Clash of Clans, the only other western title on these rankings, continued its June decline by falling an additional six places to come in at number 15.
However, a recent App Annie report has revealed that Clash of Clans is the top iOS app in the world in terms of all-time revenue earned.
As for top installs for July in China, the first seven spots were the same as June, with Happy Elements’ casual game Anipop coming in at number one, while Temple Run 2 rose two places to come in eighth and Minecraft went up two places to take ninth place.
Riding on the success of its debut in June, Plants vs. Zombies 2 rose six places to take fourteenth place.
The newest entry to the installs rankings was HalfBrick Studio’s Fruit Ninja which debuted at number 20.
“This brings the number of western publishers with titles on the top 20 installs rankings to a record breaking total of three,” the report observed.
When it comes to Android app stores, 360 Mobile Assistant kept its top spot, although it lost out on 1 per cent coverage, while HiMarket lost 6 per cent coverage. Overall store ranking, however, was the same as last year (click image below to enlarge).
Google Play had previously disappeared from the top 10, but made it back in June and has retained its position at number nine.