April 2022: top mobile games based on monthly active users (2023)

Over the years, many portable and hand-held gaming consoles have arrived on the market. Whether it's another Nintendo Switch model or a newly introduced Steam Deck, portable gaming has surpassed technological barriers once deemed impossible. Players can now enjoy high-end gaming on the go - but we've been playing more humble mobile games when out and about, too.

April 2022: top mobile games based on monthly active users (1)

With the growing number of portable gaming devices, your smartphone is one of the most underrated gaming devices. Smartphones have come a long way since they were first introduced and could even be called the underdog of portable gaming.

Today, our phones can even run games far superior in visuals and gaming mechanics compared to the original PlayStation Portable, also known as PSP (discontinued in 2014). Considering the PSP was solely built for gaming, but still falls short of performance compared to the newest smartphones, is almost unreal.

Mobile gaming - an overview

While smartphone gaming is closing the quality and performance game, it will never come close to gaming on a dedicated portable device such as the Steam Deck - at least for a couple more years. Success and popularity are another matter, though.

Mobile gaming is still growing in popularity regardless of how well smartphones do against the major hand-held consoles. According to Statista, the mobile gaming market could reach US$169.7 billion by 2025.

With that being said, here are the top smartphone games on both iOS and Android. To ensure the rankings are fair, we will only focus on monthly active users worldwide.

Active users, spend or downloads?

We have disregarded factors such as most downloads and amount of consumer spending. This is because downloads do not indicate how well the game is actually doing amongst players, i.e., how much it is being played. Players can download the game and delete it an hour later, for all we know. In addition, downloads can be easily manipulated using bots.

As for consumer spend, some players spend thousands of dollars for either bragging rights or gratification. We call these players the "whales," a term used to describe the big spenders. For the most part, spending by whales is motivated by their addiction to the game. Practical spending within a reasonable limit is out of the question for most whales. Therefore, consumer spending is also not a good factor for ranking the industry's leading mobile games.

Data sources

All the data we have used in this study was collected over the 30 days to April 13, 2022, from various sites such as Statista, Data.ai, and Activeplayer.io. The majority of the active player stats are from activeplayer.io. It uses an algorithm that collects data from other notable sites, such as Newzoo, and averages them out to give the best possible estimate. We also used certain data from Business of Apps and SensorTower.

Top 10 mobile games worldwide

10. Call of Duty: Mobile

Released in 2019, Call of Duty: Mobile quickly amassed over 100 million downloads (worldwide) in just two months of its release. According to SensorTower, Call of Duty: Mobile had 148 million downloads in the first month of its launch, overtaking PUBG Mobile and Fortnite. The game has since been growing in popularity and has become a popular esport.

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<img title="April 2022: Top Mobile Games Based On Monthly Active Users" src="https://www.xfire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/COD-Mobile-Leading-Games-800x450.jpg" alt="Call of Duty: Mobile now has its own championship event with several mobile pro players joining in." width="800" height="450" class="size-medium wp-image-110314" /> Call of Duty: Mobile now has its own championship event with several mobile pro players joining.

Currently, Call of Duty: Mobile has over 57 million monthly active users with approximately 6.5 million daily active users. The game has gained over 450k monthly active users in the past 30 days to beat its initial 56 million cap. This indicates that the game still has the potential to grow even more.

9. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

At first, this title might not ring a bell, but the stats reveal a different story. Developed by a Chinese company called Moonton, Mobile Legends is one of the most popular multiplayer online battle arena games. Its game design rivals the likes of League of Legends: Wild Rift, even surpassing the monthly active users by a considerable margin.

<img title="April 2022: Top Mobile Games Based On Monthly Active Users" src="https://www.xfire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Mobile-Legends-Leading-Games-800x417.png" alt="And there are several reasons why Mobile Legends does so much better than League of Legends: Wild Rift." width="800" height="417" class="size-medium wp-image-110319" /> And there are several reasons why Mobile Legends does so much better than League of Legends: Wild Rift.

Mobile Legends is also a rising esport. Several esports events are hosted that include Mobile Legends and its professional teams. One of the most notable events is Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL), hosted in Indonesia.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang has over 80.6 million monthly active users, with over 13 million daily active players logging into the game. Mobile Legends has gained over 1.5 million monthly active users in February 2022, with over 480k more added over the past 30 days. This, once again, hints that the game has the potential to grow into something even bigger.

8. Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO was released back in July 2016 and has grown significantly. As per the report by Business of Apps, the game had significant hype at the time of its release, which allowed it to reach over 232 million active users. From nostalgia-filled adults to excited young players, everyone was excited to catch their favorite Pokémon by going out in the wild.

One of the reasons Pokémon GO did so well is its virtual reality Pokémon catching concept. It gives the players the satisfaction of catching Pokémon in the "real world." Unfortunately, the hype dropped considerably the following year, dipping the monthly active user count to a measly 65 million. If you compare it to the initial 232 million active users that Pokémon GO had, that's more than a 70% decrease.

Pokémon GO has started to gain traction again, though, getting as high as 166 million active users in 2020. Despite the rebound, the game has again lost much of its active player base, now hovering around 81.2 million monthly active users, according to Activeplayer.io.

While the game has a rocky history dealing with controversies and safety concerns, it still holds an impressive monthly active players count, placing it at our number 8 spot.


7. Clash of Clans

Clash of Clans is a free-to-play real-time mobile strategy game developed by a Finnish company called Supercell in 2012. Clash of Clans is one of the most popular - and notorious - games on both Android and iOS.

According to Business of Apps, three months after its launch, Clash of Clans was the highest-grossing game in the United States on both iOS and Android. It was later titled the 'most profitable game' worldwide in 2013.

Clash of Clans did considerably well for a few years before its monthly active players declined. This was apparently due to the repetitiveness of the game's mechanics. Despite receiving numerous content updates, the game's overall mechanics were still the same.

Lasse Louhento, Clash of Clan's co-designer, gave an interview to PocketGamer, saying that updates are an integral part of the game and strategy. Louhento emphasized they wanted to create a game that rewarded players for the time they've invested in Clash of Clans. Given the time it takes for basic operations such as upgrading your canon, I'd say he is absolutely right. With no sense of accomplishment, the game starts to get dry.

Fast forward to 2019, and Clash of Clans' active player base was at an all-time low. Despite having millions of active players, the game was at its lowest monthly active player count, relatively speaking, with just a little over 75 million players.

However, Supercell revived the game considerably by implementing a season pass called the 'Gold Pass' in 2019. Clash of Clans once again picked up and reached the highest-grossing rank on both iOS and Android in over 46 countries.

As expected, the monthly active player base started to rise again. This fall and rise in average monthly players is also evident on Activeplayer.io, which is consistent with the timeline. Today, the average active monthly count stands at 105.7 million players. In addition to the pass, Clash of Clans has also received a lot of free content, including skins, events, rotating shop items, and more. This has kept players intrigued, and the Clash of Clan addiction continues to flourish, giving it our number 7 spot.

6. Minecraft: Pocket Edition

The most popular sandbox survival game since its launch, Minecraft has paved the way for hundreds if not thousands of block survival games.

Minecraft was already receiving many updates and new content before Microsoft bought the game in September 2014 for US$2.5 billion. Microsoft saw the potential growth of the game (rightfully so), and now Minecraft is available on essentially all gaming platforms, including iOS and Android. It's also on pretty much every list of the top-selling or best games.

<img title="April 2022: Top Mobile Games Based On Monthly Active Users" src="https://www.xfire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Minecraft-PE-Leading-Games-800x450.jpg" alt="According to businessofapps, Minecraft: Pocket Edition made over 93 million sales in 2018 alone and has increased ever since." width="800" height="450" class="size-medium wp-image-110338" /> According to Business of Apps, Minecraft: Pocket Edition made over 93 million sales in 2018 alone and has increased ever since.

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Currently, there are over 173.5 million active average monthly Minecraft players with almost 16 million daily active players. There are almost 960k estimated concurrent players at the time of writing.

This is the result of giving creative freedom in gaming. We've seen this play out many times - if you provide creative freedom to the gamers, the game tends to last for a very long time. Take Elder Scrolls: Skyrim or Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies mode, for example. Due to mod support, these games are played extensively to this day.

It is also worth noting that according to KitGuru, Minecraft also has a free Chinese edition with over 400 million downloads, as of 2020, in China alone.

5. Roblox

Another sandbox massively multiplayer online game, Roblox, was founded by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel back in 2004. Roblox gives the players and developers complete freedom to create whatever they want in its 3D world. Roblox includes a plethora of worlds and levels designed by partnering developers responsible for producing items and content for Roblox.

Roblox is essentially a cross-platform game, so everyone can enjoy the game together whether they're on PC, Android, or iOS. This increases its potential number of active users considerably.

Roblox has an estimated 210 million average active monthly players with 21 million daily active users. The numbers far exceed Minecraft's, but both the games are equally addicting and fun to play.

4. Candy Crush

Developed by King, Candy Crush is one of the studio's primary flagship titles. While Candy Crush might not be everyone's cup of tea, it is undoubtedly popular amongst a massive demographic worldwide. Levvvel reported that most of the Candy Crush players are adults aged 30 and above. Gender-wise, females make up the majority of the player base at 54%.

The classic installment of Candy Crush called Candy Crush Saga still has a huge player base that is also happy to spend money within the game. The direct follow-up to Candy Crush Saga was the Candy Crush Soda Saga, released in 2014, which amassed even more players.

<img title="April 2022: Top Mobile Games Based On Monthly Active Users" src="https://www.xfire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Candy-Crush-Saga-Leading-Games-800x500.jpg" alt="According to SensorTower, the Candy Crush series all together has almost 230 million mobile players as of 2019. " width="800" height="500" class="size-medium wp-image-110350" /> According to SensorTower, the Candy Crush series had almost 230 million mobile players all together as of 2019.

Today, Candy Crush Saga has 260 million active monthly players on average, with 13 million daily active players. As per Business of Apps, players have spent a cumulative 73 billion hours on Candy Crush Saga.

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3. Garena Free Fire

Garena Free Fire is a third-person shooter battle royale game developed by a Vietnamese company called 111dots Studio, exclusively with mobile devices in mind.

Free Fire rise to popularity started primarily in Southeast Asia, but it quickly gained traction in the Middle East, South America, and even India. SCMP reported that Garena founder, Forrest Li, became the first-ever entrepreneur to join the ranks of billionaires and that he did so from Garena Free Fire alone.

Garena Free Fire has 311.2 million active monthly players on average, with 41.5 million daily active users. While 311.2 million might not be as high as last year's 356.6 million (recorded on April 30, 2021), it is still a remarkable feat to surpass 300 million monthly active users.

2. Among Us

Among Us is an online multiplayer game developed and published by InnerSloth LLC in 2018. Among Us gained international traction and an explosion in popularity during the middle of the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine period. That is when Among Us went viral. Every Youtuber and Twitch Streamer who played Among Us further contributed to its success.

Although the hype around Among Us is not as high now as during the 2020 period, it has still amassed over 530 million downloads as of 2022, as reported by Business of Apps. The developers continue to push updates and provide content to keep the community engaged.

Among Us currently has 415.5 million monthly active players.

1. PUBG Mobile

PUBG, along with Fortnite Battle Royale, is looked upon as "the standard" for the battle royale genre. PUBG was first released on Steam as an early access game, and even then, it surpassed League of Legends' peak concurrent players.

PUBG Mobile's largest player base was situated in China and India. And while things were initially going smoothly for the PUBG Mobile, India decided to ban it in September 2020, which hit its active player base count.

Today, PUBG Mobile has 511.6 million active monthly players on average, with 42.6 million daily active players. PUBG Mobile is also being played through emulators on PC (one of the most popular), contributing to its rise in active player counts.

Monthly Active Users Summary

The graph below sums up the entire article for those looking to see which game currently has the most active player base.

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What is the top grossing mobile games for April 2022? ›

The top grossing mobile game worldwide for April 2022 was Honor of Kings from Tencent with $274.5 million in player spending, which represented 6.2 percent growth from April 2021. About 96.4 percent of Honor of Kings' revenue was from China, followed by 1.4 percent from Thailand and 1.4 percent from Taiwan.

What is the most downloaded game in April 2022? ›

Subway Surfers from Sybo Games was the most downloaded mobile game worldwide for April 2022 with 26.6 million installs, which represented a 2.1 times increase from April 2021.

Which mobile game has most active users? ›

Most Played Mobile Games In The World – Top 5 List
  1. Garena Free Fire. Downloads: Over 1 Billion. Daily Active Players: Around 150 Million. ...
  2. Roblox. Downloads: Nearly 383 Million. ...
  3. Subway Surfers. Downloads: Over 3 Billion. ...
  4. Stumble Guys. Downloads: 265 Million. ...
  5. Among Us. Downloads: 530 Million.
Jan 18, 2023

What is the #1 mobile game in the world? ›

Grand Theft Auto V is the most popular mobile game and reimagines the open-world game in a number of ways.

What is the No 1 mobile game in the world? ›

See the top mobile games worldwide for January 2022 by downloads, according to Sensor Tower data. Garena Free Fire from Garena was the most downloaded mobile game worldwide for January 2022 with 24 million installs, which represented a 51.6 percent increase from January 2021.

What is the number 1 game right now 2022? ›

Call of Duty: Warzone.

What is the #1 game in 2022? ›

When you're talking about the best games of 2022, Elden Ring has to be at the top of the list. The hype surrounding this release was no joke. And after two consecutive wins for the most anticipated game of the year, it seemed fitting that Elden Ring was crowned game of the year at the 2022 Game Awards.

Which is the No 1 game in Play Store 2022? ›

With impeccable gunplay, fluid movement, and best-in-class visuals, Apex Legends sets a new bar for battle royales.

What is the #1 game of the year? ›

D.I.C.E. Awards
2015Fallout 4Action role-playing
2016OverwatchFirst-person shooter
2017The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildAction-adventure
2018God of WarAction-adventure
22 more rows

What is the most downloaded game of all time 2022? ›

Exploring the most mobile games of 2022 by downloads
  • Subway Surfers. @subwaysurfers. The Subway Surfers World Tour gets super one more time in Cairo! ...
  • Stumble Guys. @StumbleGuysGame. ...
  • Roblox. @Roblox. ...
  • Candy Crush Saga. @CandyCrushSaga. ...
  • 8 Ball Pool. @8ballpool. ...
  • FIFA Mobile. @EAFIFAMOBILE. ...
  • Garena Free Fire North America. @FreeFire_NA.
Jan 8, 2023

What game has the most monthly users? ›

  • PUBG Mobile (free-to-play) – 1.1 billion (as of December 2022)
  • PUBG: Battlegrounds (free-to-play) – 500 million (as of January 2021)
  • Peacekeeper Elite (free-to-play) – 70 million (as of May 2019)
  • Battlegrounds Mobile India (free-to-play) – 100 million (as of August 2021)

What game has the most monthly active users? ›

Top on our list is Fortnite with up to 1.6 million concurrent players and 30 million monthly active users.
Here are the List of Top 15 Most Popular PC Games of 2022.
RankGamesConcurrent Player
4League of Legends1,041,749
11 more rows

What is the most popular free game? ›

  • Genshin Impact. Genshin Impact. Genshin Impact's world is rich and varied. ...
  • Blizzard. Overwatch 2. ...
  • Fortnite. Fortnite Battle Royale. ...
  • Fall Guys. Fall Guys. ...
  • EA. Apex Legends. ...
  • Dota 2. Dota 2. ...
  • Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go. ...
  • Call of Duty. Call of Duty: Warzone.
Dec 21, 2022

Which is the most downloaded game in the world? ›

See the top mobile games worldwide for February 2022 by downloads, according to Sensor Tower data. Garena Free Fire from Garena was the most downloaded mobile game worldwide for February 2022 with 21.8 million installs, which represented a 22.7 percent increase from February 2021.

What is the most downloaded app? ›

Most Popular Apps Key Statistics
  • TikTok was the most downloaded app globally in 2022, with 672 million downloads.
  • Subway Surfers was the most downloaded game in 2022, with 304 million downloads.
  • Four of the ten most downloaded apps of 2021 were published by Meta.
Feb 28, 2023

What is the funnest game in the world? ›

Most Popular Video Games of All Time
  • Pacman. ...
  • Tetris. ...
  • Wii Sports. ...
  • Sonic the HedgeHog. ...
  • The Sims. ...
  • Diablo III. ...
  • Super Mario Bros. ...
  • Super Smash Brothers.

Who is the top 5 games? ›

Top 10 Android mobile games in India 2023: Ludo King, Free Fire Max, Asphalt 9, and more. In case if you are searching for the best Android game to download from Google Play Store, we are here to help.

What game is trending right now? ›

What PC Games Are People Playing Right Now?
Game titlePublisher
1.ROBLOXRoblox Corporation
2.MinecraftMojang Studios
3.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II/Warzone 2.0Activision Publishing
4.FortniteEpic Games
16 more rows

What is the 10 most popular game in the world? ›

PUBG is the most popular online game in 2022, with a huge fan following.
Top 10 online games in the World | The list!
  • PUBG.
  • Minecraft.
  • Apex Legends.
  • Fortnite Battle Royale.
  • Counter-Strike.
  • HearthStone.
  • League of Legends.
  • Call of Duty Mobile.
Dec 24, 2022

What is the most popular game in the world 2023? ›

Most Played Video Games in 2022-2023
  • Video games are inseparable part of this generation kids. ...
  • The topmost played popular game in the world is Minecraft. ...
  • Call of Duty: warzone stands second in the list.
Feb 16, 2023

What game sold the most copies? ›

The best-selling video game to date is Minecraft, a sandbox game released by Mojang in May 2009 for a wide range of PC, mobile and console platforms, selling more than 238 million copies across all platforms. Grand Theft Auto V and EA's Tetris are the only other known video games to have sold over 100 million copies.

Which is the top 10 best game? ›

After much debate, several questionnaires, and far too many spreadsheets, we have Kotaku's top 10 games of 2022, ranked in order.
Kotaku's Top 10 Games Of 2022
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3. ...
  • Signalis. ...
  • Norco. ...
  • Horizon Forbidden West. ...
  • Neon White. ...
  • Citizen Sleeper. ...
  • Marvel Snap. ...
  • Vampire Survivors.
Dec 30, 2022

What are Google's secret games? ›

6 Hidden Google Games You Can Play Now!
  • Atari Breakout. Search for 'Atari Breakout' then click Images. ...
  • Snake. Type 'Google Snake Game', hit enter, then click the top result. ...
  • Zerg Rush. Type in 'Zerg Rush' then hit Enter. ...
  • Google Earth Flight Simulator. ...
  • Pacman. ...
  • T Rex Dash.
Jun 9, 2022

Which is the most downloaded game ever on Play Store? ›

1. Subway Surfers (2012 | 1B+ Downloads)

What are popular games in USA? ›

Overview. The most popular team sports in the United States are American football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, and soccer.

Who won Game of the Year 1999? ›

1999 | SoulCalibur, EverQuest

Note: Through the years 1998-2001, GameSpot gave Game of the Year awards for both Console and PC. "Yes, it is a fighting game, a genre with a fairly limited scope, but insofar as fighting games go, Soul Calibur is mind-numbing perfection.

Who won Game of the Year 1995? ›


What is the most popular game in the world right now outdoor? ›


According to leading sports journals, the sport is played by approximately 250 million players in over 200 countries and the FIFA World Cup is the most watched sports competition across the globe.

What is the top 1 game offline? ›

Best Offline Games for Android Mobiles [December 2022]: Minecraft, Grid Autosport, Alto's Odyssey, and More
  • I Love Hue.
  • Alto's Odyssey.
  • Vector.
  • Crossy Road.
  • Friday the 13th.
  • Minecraft.
  • The Room Series.
  • Grid Autosport.

What game has only 10 members? ›

Field hockey
Team members10 outfield players and 1 goalkeeper drawn from a squad of 17
TypeOutdoor and indoor
EquipmentHockey ball, hockey stick, mouthguard, shin guards and goalkeeper kit
5 more rows

What game is being played the most in 2022? ›

Here are the List of Top 15 Most Popular PC Games of 2022
RankGamesConcurrent Player
4League of Legends1,058,313
11 more rows

What app has the most users 2022? ›

Most Popular Apps Key Statistics
  • TikTok was the most downloaded app globally in 2022, with 672 million downloads.
  • Subway Surfers was the most downloaded game in 2022, with 304 million downloads.
  • Four of the ten most downloaded apps of 2021 were published by Meta.

What is the most popular game right now? ›

The 10 Most Popular Games Right Now
  • Minecraft.
  • Fortnite.
  • Fall Guys.
  • League of Legends.
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
  • CrossFire.
  • Roblox.
  • Lost Ark.
Aug 9, 2022

What are the top 5 most played games 2022? ›

Over 240,000 Peak Players
  • PUBG.
  • Modern Warfare 2.
  • DOTA 2.
  • Apex Legends.
  • Destiny 2.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel.
  • CSGO.
  • Lost Ark.
Dec 30, 2022

What is the #1 downloaded app? ›

In 2022, TikTok was the most downloaded mobile app worldwide. The short-video sharing app generated 672 million downloads during the same year. The mobile apps of social media and communication platforms Instagram and WhatsApp followed with 548 million and 424 million downloads, respectively.

Which app is having the highest number of active users per month? ›

The world's biggest social media platforms

Furthermore, 15 social media platforms have at least 400 million active users in January 2023: Facebook has 2.958 billion monthly active users (see more Facebook stats here)

Which app has the most monthly users? ›

What is the most popular social media platform worldwide? Market leader Facebook was the first social network to surpass one billion registered accounts and currently sits at more than 2.9 billion monthly active users.

What are the 10 most popular online game? ›

Top 10 online games in the World | The list!
  • PUBG.
  • Minecraft.
  • Apex Legends.
  • Fortnite Battle Royale.
  • Counter-Strike.
  • HearthStone.
  • League of Legends.
  • Call of Duty Mobile.
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