Playdemic’s Golf Clash is breaking all records when it comes to sports games on mobile platforms.
From June 2020 to May 2021, the popular golf game earned $132.8 million in revenue, topping popular sports games like 8 Ball Pool and Fishing Clash. Sensory Tower revealed this data in its latest mobile game report. The analytics firm also noted how much revenue the publishers earn from mobile sports games. Altogether, the sports category raked in $648.6 million in the past 12 months, marking a 16% year-on-year revenue increase.
Mobile sports games were downloaded 129.3 million times during the past year.
Even though it had massive earnings, Golf Clash wasn’t the most downloaded game. That title belongs to 8 Ball Pool, which drew a lot of attention from audiences and other publishers. So much so that one of the biggest companies in video games, Electronic Arts, decided to purchase Playdemic from WarnerMedia for $1.4 billion. If that sounds out of this world, keep in mind that Golf Clash is currently Playdemic’s only game on the market. EA is, of course, looking to bank on the game’s incredible popularity and multiply its investment by implementing the game’s structure into its own mobile games.
Despite the massive success of Golf Clash, realistic sports games still reign supreme in mobile sports revenue. This subcategory also boasts the most downloads on average. Games like Top Eleven, F1 Clash, and Basketball Arena led the charge last year and, just like Golf Clash, most of them brought in huge investments from game publishers. The trend of buying mobile game developers is becoming so widespread that we expect popular betting sites to start running odds on developer buyouts soon.
As for Golf Clash, a play-off tournament is currently held in the game. If you’re looking to check out what all the fuss is about, now would be a great time to do so.