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5 Best-Selling Mobile Games of 2021

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The mobile gaming market has seen rapid development over the last few years. It’s a lucrative industry that promises strong growth year after year. Owing to the popularity of mobile games, some console and PC titles are also making their way to the handheld space.

Some recent data from Sensor Tower data shows that almost ten mobile games generated a revenue of over 1 billion dollars from the purchases that players make. This again proves that the mobile gaming space is growing leaps and bounds.

Let's take a look at some of the bestselling mobile games of 2021 that raked in billions from microtransactions and in-game purchases.

Top 5 Best-Selling Mobile Games of 2021

Here’s a quick list of five bestselling games of 2021 based on their revenue.

5. Coin Master

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The slot-themed game was released way back in December 2010. With casual gameplay, the game managed to capture a large audience across the globe. The vivid colors, vibrant themes, and cheery music only add to the fun.

Coin Master has simple game mechanics that can be quite addictive. You have to spin the slots and win coins and other rewards. With those coins, you can build and decorate your village. Players can raid their friends’ villages and collect loot.

You get free spins every hour, and this keeps the players hooked to the game. Every day, the publisher, Moon Active, gives out redeem codes for daily free spins. It still enjoys an active community. According to the Sensor Tower data, Coin Master.

For the last few years, Coin Master has been in the top 5 highest-grossing games. In 2021, too, it has managed to make a mark in the top 5 games on both Google Play Store and the App Store. As of now, it has crossed 100 million downloads in the Play Store.


4. Roblox

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Roblox is a rather unique MMO game and game creation platform. It was released way back in 2006 on PCs and made its way to iOS and Android in 2012 and 2014. The game is free to play and the in-game economy runs on Robux.

You can create your games on Roblox. The online game creation system also lets you play various games created by other players. During the pandemic, the popularity of Roblox boomed significantly, making it one of the bestselling mobile games.

As of 2021, Roblox has a revenue of over $2.2 billion through microtransactions.


3. Genshin Impact

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Genshin Impact is probably the newest game to make it to the ‘highest-grossing’ list. The anime-style action RPG has stunning visuals, an interesting storyline, attractive characters, and a pleasing music score. What makes it even more popular, is the fact that it's free to play. The gacha system has some monetization.

miHoYo, the developer, released Genshin Impact in 2020 for Android, iOS, PS4, and Windows. In April 2021, Genshin Impact made its way to PS5. It was rather an instant hit. In fact, Genshin Impact was a huge commercial success, and it gained over $3 billion in revenue in its first year itself.

As a player, you step into the shoes of a Traveler who is looking for their lost sibling in Tevayt. On the way, you meet beautiful NPCs and get involved in the life of Tevyat. You get to explore the open world and complete quests.

As of now, Genshin Impact has crossed more than 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store. In 2021, it grossed over $1.8 billion in revenue.


2. PUBG Mobile

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PlayerUnknown’s Battle Grounds still remains one of the popular shooter games on the planet. Released on mobile in 2017, PUBG Mobile quickly gained millions of downloads, topped several gaming charts, and broke many records. It is safe to say that PUBG Mobile renewed the attention towards shooters. It made battle royale games popular on handheld devices.

The battle royale game has an enormous fan base in Asia as well as western countries. Garena Free Fire poses a tough competition to PUBG Mobile. Moreover, with some big titles like Apex Legends and Valorant making their way to the mobile, it would be interesting to see how PUBG Mobile fares against them.

In March 2021, PUBG Mobile crossed 1 billion downloads worldwide. Last year, it generated a revenue of $2.8 billion and topped the chart. It is one of the best-selling mobile games alongside Arena of Valor.


1. Honor of Kings (a.k.a. Arena of Valor)

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Another title by Tencent, Honor of Kings, also grossed $2.8 billion from player spending in 2021. The Chinese MOBA game is an open-world RPG with stunning visuals. The TiMi studio (published by Tencent) creation tremendously popular in China and has most of its player base there.

It was originally released in 2015. Its international version ‘Arena of Valor’ was rolled out globally in 2016. By 2017, it had about 200 million monthly active players and was one of the most popular games.

If you like MOBAs and RPGs, then Honor of Kings is your next favorite game. It has a gameplay similar to that of League of Legends. It has PvP as well as PvE elements. The goal is to pick a character with unique attributes and keep leveling it up. You can fight NPC boss battles and other players for gold and XP.

An open-world RPG adaptation of the game titled ‘Honor of Kings: World’ is all set to release for PCs soon.


Apart from these top five games, Candy Crush Saga, Pokemon GO, and Garena Free Fire also crossed the 1 billion revenue mark. The list saw some new entries like Roblox and Genshin Impact. Meanwhile, some long-running titles like Candy Crush and Coin Master still have a strong and active community. With some big titles coming up in 2022, it will be interesting to see if

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