Number of mobile gamers in China 2010-2020

The mobile gaming scene in China experienced an upward surge between the years 2010 and 2018. The steadily growing number of mobile gamers peaked in 2018 and was projected to increase to more than 600 million by 2020.

Mobile gaming trend in China

As per the results of a survey on the distribution of mobile game users conducted in April 2019, a majority of players were concentrated in tier-2 cities of China, such as Chengdu and Wuhan. In that year the most popular gaming app was Glory of the King with approximately 125 million unique downloads nationwide. Yet another report released in 2019 went on to show that the FunPlus Technology Company was the leading Chinese global mobile gaming brand builder in terms of BrandZ brand power scores.

China’s mobile gaming market

The annual growth rate of mobile gaming market revenues in China have been rapidly declining since having peaked in 2015. In 2018, market revenues in this segment took a massive blow and dropped to 10.5 percent. However, the sales share of mobile games within the Chinese gaming industry remained relatively high, amounting to 68.5 percent in 2019.

Number of mobile gamers in China from 2010 to 2020

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Release date

April 2019



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes


Figures for earlier years have been taken from previous publications.

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