Weekly global mobile games charts: Lion Studios' Popular Wars lives up to its name around the world

Rankings for the week of December 3rd to 9th

Weekly global mobile games charts: Lion Studios' Popular Wars lives up to its name around the world

To give our readers better insight into the global mobile games industry, we’ve teamed up with market data firm Sensor Tower to bring you exclusive weekly charts from key countries.

These rank games by free downloads, paid downloads and the top grossers across the App Store and Google Play. Each week we’ll be covering the US, Great Britain and Ireland, and China (iOS only) markets.

This week's charts cover the period from December 3rd to 9th.

US Charts

Three new games drove their way into the US top free games chart this week, with Lion Studios' Popular Wars, Voodoo's Crowd City, and SayGames' Drive and Park all placing high on iOS.

Popular Wars almost hit the top of the Google Play charts too, failing only to beat Voodoo's Fire Balls 3D.

Ndemic’s Rebel made its first appearance in the iOS paid charts in third, while Lukasz Jakowski’s Age of Civilisation broke into the top 10 on Google Play.

Great Britain and Ireland charts

Command and Conquer: Rivals made its UK and Ireland debut this week, stepping in at seventh in the Google Play free download chart.  Popular Wars meanwhile claimed first place.

Football Manager 19 kept its top-placing performance on the Google Play paid rankings, but slipped to third on iOS, behind Minecraft and Head’s Up.

Like the US, Rebel made its first showing in the Great Britain and Ireland charts but failed to best Football Manager’s popularity. 

China Charts (iOS only)

Half of the placements in China’s free iOS chart went to new entries this week, with Voodoo’s Crowd City and Tencent’s Samurai Spirits taking the top two spots. In contrast, the paid game rankings remained largely static week-over-week

Tencent and NetEase reaffirmed their positions as the dominant forces in Chinese mobile gaming, taking up all 10 top grossing positions between them.

Tencent's Samurai Spirits entered the top 10 in fourth, while another of its titles Naruto OL rose to third.


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Natalie Clayton is an Edinburgh-based freelance writer and game developer. Besides PCGamesInsider and, she's written across the games media landscape and was named in the 2018 100 Rising Star list.