Report: Majority of mobile app downloads are games

Report: Majority of mobile app downloads are games
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

April 11th 2014 at 12:16PM

More than 60 per cent of Amazon Appstore downloads in February were games

Games continue to be the most downloaded category on Apple, Google and Amazon’s mobile stores, a new report by Distimo suggests.

The mobile research firm reports that approximately 41 per cent of worldwide downloads/installs last month on both Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store were apps categorised as games.

During the same period, 61.3 per cent of all apps downloaded from the Amazon Appstore were games.

Distimo’s report intended to discover which app categories are most popular with publishers. In its estimation, 74 per cent of all revenue generated on the Apple App Store and 90 per cent of all Google Play revenue came from ‘Games’ during February 2014.

All of which adds fuel to the claim that games continue to be the strongest moneymakers on mobile.

The analysis in the report were based on data extracted during February 2014 from Distimo AppIQ, a tool that collects publicly available data such as rankings and prices, among other things, and transactional data such as revenue or downloads from developers who opt into the Distimo App Analytics service.

Thus, it should be taken in context. For instance, Distimo points out that Sports and Finance apps also had a strong month, thanks to the tax return season in the US and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.