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Japan top grossing smartphone apps

5 top listed smartphone app companies have combined market cap of US$ 14 billion (excluding LINE)

LINE is currently a private company and LINE’s company value is generally estimated in the US$ 10-15 billion range, so if we include LINE, the combined market value of Japan’s top 5 smartphone game companies is on the order of US$ 24 – 29 billion.

Top grossing apps in Japan’s iPhone and Google Play/Android app stores on June 6, 2015

Japan’s smartphone app market is the world’s largest in terms of cash revenues according to AppAnnie. Lets analyze which apps are at the top-grossing in the world’s largest app market.

Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file)

iPhone app store top grossing ranking (June 6, 2015)

  1. Monster Strike by MIXI
  2. Puzzle & Dragons by GungHo
  3. Final Fantasy Record Keeper by DeNA
  4. LINE by LINE Corporation
  5. Actual powerful pro baseball by KONAMI
  6. all 25 top-grossing iPhone apps on June 6, 2015

Google Play Android app store top grossing ranking (June 6, 2015)

  1. Monster Strike by Mixi
  2. Puzzle & Dragons by GungHo
  3. LINE Disney tsumu tsumu by LINE Corporation and Walt Disney Corporation
  4. White Cat Project by Colopl Inc.
  5. Sword and sorcery. Logres of Swords and Sorcery – original popular online RPG by Marvelous Inc.
  6. all 25 top-grossing Google-Play store Android apps on June 6, 2015

Market capitalization of the companies involved:

  • Mixi: YEN 443 billion (US$ 3.5 billion)
  • GungHo: YEN 580 billion (US$ 4.6 billion)
  • LINE: unlisted
  • Konami: YEN 324 billion (US$ 2.6 billion)
  • Colopl: YEN 312 billion (US$ 2.5 billion)
  • Marvelous: YEN 86.8 billion (US$ 0.7 billion)

Analyzing the market capitalization of these companies, it is obvious that a large part – or all – of the value is in the smartphone games.

As an example, Mixi’s core business was the mixi Social Network, which lost weight with the success of Facebook in Japan, until the breakthrough success of its Monster Strike game during FY2014.

How are foreign companies doing in Japan’s smartphone app market?

Disney achieved consistently high rankings in cooperation with LINE for the tsumu-tsumu game.

Next highest ranking foreign game is the Finland based, 73.2% SoftBank owned, Clash of Clans by Supercell on rank 12.

Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file)

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Flappy bird Angry Birds ultimate Japan game disruption: flappy bird flaps to the top

Flappy bird Angry Birds ultimate disruption: flappy bird effortlessly flaps to to the top of ranks, while Angry Birds are watching angrily from the sidelines

Disruption of Japan’s games sector: in a previous blog post we showed that just three newcomers (Gree + DeNA + Gungho) produce more profits than the top 9 traditional game companies combined.

Lets look at some more disruption from the perspective of Japan’s iPhone App store. Lets look at Flappy Bird vs Angry Birds…

Flappy bird Angry Birds ultimate disruption: iOS Japan AppStore “free” games ranking

February 3, 2014, in the “free” ranking in the games section of the iPhone AppStore, we find LINE dominating.

And newcomer Flappy Bird has overtaken Angry Birds by a long margin. Angry Birds Go! appears on rank No. 97 – which actually in Japan is not that bad, given the huge revenues in Japan – as App Annie has shown, Japan’s the world’s biggest grossing apps market both for iOS and Android – so No. 97 in the world’s biggest App market is not that bad.

In a subsequent article we analyze the top grossing 25 apps in the iOS AppStore.

  • No. 1 LINE: Disney tsumutsumu
  • No. 9: LINE Go!GO!GO!
  • No. 10: LINE PARTY Run
  • No. 17: Puzzle & Dragon by GungHo
  • No. 18: Flappy Bird
  • No. 23: LINE Pokopang
  • No. 30: LINE Dozer
  • No. 97: Angry Birds Go!

iPhone AppStore “Top Grossing” games ranking

February 3, 2014:

  • No. 1 Puzzle & Dragons by GungHo
  • No. 2 Quiz RPG Witch and black cat quiz (by Colopl)
  • No. 3 Dragon Quest Monsters Superlight (by Square Enix)
  • No. 4 Monster strike (by Mixi)
  • No. 5 LINE Pokopang (by Naver Japan)
  • No. 6 Pro yakiyu PRIDE (by Colopl Inc)
  • No. 7 Tsuri Suta (by GREE)
  • No. 8 Sengoku Enbu (by Sumzap Inc)
  • No. 9 Puyo puyo!! Quest (by Sega Corporation)
  • No. 10 Gunzei RPG aoi no sangokushi (by Colopl)

See our following blog for an analysis of the ranking of “top grossing” games in the Japan iOS AppStore.

Learn more about Japan’s games industries

Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file)

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