Tencent world’s top earning mobile games publisher in 2016

Asia-Pacific companies dominate App Annie’s rankings

Tencent world’s top earning mobile games publisher in 2016

Tencent was the highest earning mobile games publisher in the world during 2016.

Mobile data firm App Annie has released its annual list of the top 52 revenue generating apps publishers on the iOS and Google Play stores. This includes both games and other apps such as Spotify.

Tencent climbed up to top spot, having been ranked sixth in 2015. It overtakes previous leader Supercell, which it now owns, which falls to second place.

Third place went to NetEase, jumping from ninth the year prior. It’s been a big year for the publisher, becoming the world’s top grossing mobile games company for the month of October 2016 and releasing a slate of hit titles such as Onmoyji.

The rest of the top 10 includes MZ, Activision Blizzard, Mixi, Line, Bandai Namco, Netmarble and Niantic.

Asian dominance

This year’s rankings were dominated by Asia-Pacific publishers with 30 companies out of the 52 on the list based in the region.

The US and Japan meanwhile were the most prolific countries when it comes to creating companies that generate top revenues.

App Annie’s list cites the top earners for combined App Store and Google Play revenues from the period between January 1st 2016 and December 31st 2016.

The revenues only include IAPs and paid downloads however, and do not include money generated from in-app advertising or subscriptions outside app store channels.

You can read the full list here.

Senior Editor

Craig Chapple is Senior Editor of and He was previously Deputy Editor at Develop and Online Editor at Nintendo of Europe.