Apple’s App Store is easily one of the largest digital stores in the world and generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. It is so large that it forms its own international economy, an ecosystem that competes with many other industries in terms of size and consumer demand. iPhone and iPad users download millions of apps from the Apple App Store every year, whether paid or free, while gaming is an important part of Apple’s digital storefront.
According to a CNBC analysis, the Apple App Store earned $ 64 billion in revenue in 2020, which we can all agree is a very, very large number. For many game developers, it represents a lucrative option, especially if they can get a boost from Apple itself. This boost may come shortly after Apple announced the winners of their 2021 App Store Awards, which also reveal the year’s most popular titles.
The winners were selected by Apple’s global App Store editorial team “to deliver outstanding quality, innovative technology, creative design and positive cultural impact.” Prizes include this year’s iPhone game; IPad Game of the Year; and Apple Arcade Game of the Year.
The winner of the iPhone game of the year is Riot Games’ League of Legends: Wild Rift, while Netmarble Corporation wins the iPad game of the year with Marvel Future Revolution. Meanwhile, Apple Arcade’s Game of the Year has been won by the delightfully picaresque Fantasian from Mistwalker.
The most popular App Store game this year was Among Us, which was the most downloaded free iOS title, while Minecraft took the top spot for the most downloaded paid iOS game in both the US and the UK. The most popular Apple Arcade games included, among others, Sonic Racing, Mini Motorways, Cut the Rope Remastered and Skate City for Apple’s subscription game service. The award-winning Fantasian was not on the lists of the most popular Apple Arcade games, which were topped by Sonic Racing in the UK and The Oregon Trail in the US.
Last year’s winners, Best Games of 2020, included Genshin Impact for this year’s iPhone Games; Legends of Runeterra for this year’s iPad game; and Sneaky Sasquatch for Apple Arcade Game of the Year.
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