The Most Profitable Mobile Games In The World Aren't Made By Zynga

Photo: April L. Sanders

If you want to understand why Zynga is struggling, look no further than a recent report from App Annie, an analytics firm that tracks Android and iOS apps.While Zynga has far and away the biggest audience for social games and rakes in cash from its Facebook titles, it has openly admitted that it has had a hard time making money on mobile.

And it’s not like other American companies are ruling the charts—Zynga archrival Electronic Arts has just one title in the top 10.

It turns out that the real success stories in mobile games are scattered around the world. The best moneymakers are from companies in Finland, Sweden, Japan, and South Korea. Maybe you haven’t heard of them—but you’ve probably played one of their games.

10. Diffusion Million Arthur

Publisher: Square Enix

A Japanese anime-style card game.

9. DragonVale

Publisher: Backflip Studios

DragonVale, a game in which you breed your own pet dragon, was released in September 2011 by Backflip, a studio based in Boulder, Colo. It's still going strong.

8. Minecraft

Publisher: Mojang

Minecraft started out as a PC game, but its Swedish publisher revealed that mobile versions of the building-blocks game outsold desktop and game-console versions last year.

7. CSR Racing

Publisher: NaturalMotion

An arcade-style racing game.

6. Kingdom of Camelot: Battle for the North

Publisher: Kabam

This kingdom-building simulation is a big hit for Kabam, a Silicon Valley games startup that has raised $125 million from investors including Google and Intel.

5. Candy Crush Saga


This British publisher has challenged Zynga on Facebook games--but on mobile, it's just crushing it.

4. Hay Day

Publisher: Supercell

FarmVille players might find some parts of this Finnish games maker's agricultural simulation familiar. But Inside Social Games has actually said that Zynga's FarmVille 2 sequel is 'reminiscent' of Hay Day. Never mind who's copying whom--Hay Day's a hit.

3. Puzzle and Dragons

Publisher: GungHo Online

This popular puzzle game may be generating between $54 million and $75 million a month, according to reports of GungHo's financials. (That's for both iOS and Android versions.)

2. The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Publisher: Electronic Arts

A familiar brand name and voiceovers from the real actors behind the cartoon characters helped this game overcome a rocky launch.

1. Clash of Clans

Publisher: Supercell

Another financial hit for the Finns--this medieval battle game is reportedly making more than $1 million a day. The secret: carefully rolling out features so new users don't get overwhelmed.

Let's review the stats.

Here you can see who rose and fell compared to the previous month.

Here's why Zynga doesn't have any top-10 hits ...

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