MOBILE GAMES SCROLL: ‘CRASH BANDICOOT’ SPINS UP 27M DOWNLOADS
Mobile Games Scroll is a curated weekly roundup of the hottest news from gaming-on-the-go.
A successful launch of Crash Bandicoot: On the Run saw the mobile game garner 27 million downloads in its first week according to Sensor Tower. The series’ second attempt at a mobile title saw an impressive 9 million downloads within the first 24 hours after launch, thanks to a report by App Annie. Created by Candy Crush developer King, On the Run hit the coveted No. 1 slot across charts on both the iOS and Android stores.
“It’s been a strong launch for Crash Bandicoot: On The Run, which is riding the resurgence in popularity of the classic IP, and a casual runner fits perfectly with the franchise and mobile audiences while staying true to its roots,” Sensor Tower’s Craig Chapple told PocketGamer.biz in a recent report. “Following the success of Call of Duty: Mobile, Activision is no doubt eyeing up how it can bring more of its big franchises to mobile, and King provides the obvious, natural partner for Crash, given its huge success as a leader in the casual/puzzle space.”
Continuing the mobile game sales trend, PUBG Mobile is once again making headlines as the Battle Royale shooter reached $5.1 billion in lifetime player spending. According to Sensor Tower, $2.7 billion was accumulated within 2020 alone.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you that mobile games are thriving, a new report by App Annie revealed the mobile game market hit $22 billion in Q1 of 2021. This is a 30 percent increase from the same quarter last year. Including everything in the mobile digital market world, both Google Play and iOS saw a 40% increase year-to-year and consumer spending hit $32 billion in 2021. Pandemics and restrictive lockdowns are likely to have helped this surge.
Here’s what else is happening in the world of mobile games:
Zombies Return to Call of Duty: Mobile
Season 2 of Call of Duty: Mobile continues on strong and a new blog post detailing upcoming content reveals the return of the fan-favorite zombies mode. The original zombies map, Shi No Numa, will first launch in the Chinese version of the game while the rest of the world will get a new zombies “experience” later this year. Other updates include a new public test build focused on weapon balance, an update to the credit store, the continuation of the Pursuit Event and plenty more.
Updates, Updates, Updates
Baseball SuperStars 2021, the baseball simulator with RPG elements, is now updated to its latest version with a new season that includes a Live Global PvP mode that allows players to challenge rivals from around the world.
Pokemon GO launched its new referral program that allows current trainers to invite new players or players who haven’t played within the last 90 days. The more both trainers play, the more rewards are earned.
Marvel Contest of Champions is bringing yet another mighty character into the mix. The God of Gods, Odin, is making his debut in the version 30.1 update.
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