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96% of the top 100 free games on Google Play are under 100MB, finds AppFigures

Paid games are often larger

96% of the top 100 free games on Google Play are under 100MB, finds AppFigures

App store intelligence firm AppFigures has found that an overwhelming majority of the most popular mobile games are under 100MB in file size.

Writing on the AppFigures blog, founder and CEO Ariel Michaeli studied the top 100 free and top 100 paid apps on both the App Store and Google Play.

He found that while 19% of the top 100 free games on the App Store are over 100MB, only 4% of the top 100 free games on Google Play exceed that download size.

The smaller the better

This is likely due to download restrictions – Google Play limits developers to 100MB file sizes for the base app, requiring expansion packs to be downloaded for any additional content.

A smaller proportion of Google Play's top 100 exceed 100MB than on the App Store

On the side of paid apps, however, 33% of the top 100 paid games on the App Store exceed 100MB, while 44% of the top 100 paid Google Play games going over that limit.

Michaeli also notes that 15 games across both platforms exceed 1GB in file size, which he believes is acceptable to users because "they’ve got a dedicated fan base that’s willing to wait."

You can read the full report over on AppFigures' blog.

And for a visual representation of why small download sizes are important, check out our FTUE video of Kingdom Hearts Unchained X below.

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Ric is the Editor of PocketGamer.biz, having started out as a Staff Writer on the site back in 2015. He received an honourable mention in both the MCV and Develop 30 Under 30 lists in 2016 and refuses to let anyone forget about it.

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