India tops worldwide game downloads list in 2020

Popular games like Pokémon GO and PUBG Mobile introduced stay-at-home features during the lockdown to enable gamers to indulge in immersive experiences indoors.

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India has been ranked number one in global mobile game downloads in the first nine months of 2020.

The country’s citizens installed 7.3 billion games, nearly 17% of all worldwide downloads, app intelligence firm Sensor Tower stated.

In March ending quarter, Indians installed nearly 1.8 billion games. In the subsequent quarter, installs rose 50% as the country went into a lockdown. In September ending quarter, game downloads grew 7% to 2.9 billion downloads as the gaming craze continued.

The U.S. came second position in terms of installs with nearly 10% of the total downloads, followed by Brazil at 8%.

Garena Free Fire was the most downloaded game globally in the first nine months of 2020, followed by PUBG Mobile and Subway Surfers.

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PUBG Mobile was banned in India earlier in October, and the popular game recently said it is making a re-entry in a new avatar.

In October, InnerSloth’s Among Us was the most downloaded game worldwide. And India had the highest number of installs, representing 15% of the total downloads, followed by the U.S. at nearly 12%, Sensor Tower said.

Google Play downloads grew more than 40% in the first nine months compared with last year, while Apple’s App Store installs rose 16% compared with last year.

This article originally appeared on The Hindu