Despite the success of mobile gaming, most genres have seen revenue decline over the past year. The SensorTower platform reports that the market is down 9.6% from last year to $11.4 billion.

The games with the «racing» genre saw a sharp decline in revenue, down 28.8% from the same period last year. Geolocation AR games and shooters also fell sharply, down 26% and 24.5%, respectively.

Only the arcade and board game genres saw revenue growth, up 14.8% and 0.9%, respectively.

The puzzle genre saw an 8.8% decline in revenues in the first half of 2022, but games of this type were the first to post $2.3 billion in revenues. The casino genre came in second with $2.2 billion, despite a 10.9% drop.

The table games genre remained the second most popular in the first six months of 2022 but declined 5.5% in the second quarter, while the hyper-casual genre saw a 2.3% increase.

Downloads

Revenue statistics do not reflect the success of the genres in terms of downloads. Action, which ranked eighth in year-over-year revenue growth with a 10.5% drop, was the only genre that saw a 5.4% increase in downloads in the first half of 2022, equalling 54.7 million installs. The sports genre remained at 66 million installs.

The arcade genre ranked first in growth during the study period but also suffered a 14.2% decrease in downloads. Despite fewer downloads, arcade users have consistently spent more money on the game.

Possible factors in the industry’s decline include loosening pandemic restrictions, the rising cost of living and changes in privacy policies.

Side note: The exponential growth of the mobile gaming industry through 2029.