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Top 20 Gaming and Game Engines SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
Last update: 14 Jul 2024 CET
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Top 20 Gaming and Game Engines SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store

We at 42matters have identified the 20 most popular Gaming and Game Engines SDKs leveraged by iOS apps available on the iOS app market.

Gaming and Game Engine SDKs help developers build mobile games. They come with a set of tools and resources (game assets, scripting languages, APIs for game logic and physics, etc.) for creating, debugging, and deploying games on particular game engines. They may also include support for graphics rendering, audio, netowrking, and other gaming features.

This list is based on our analysis of the millions of mobile applications – and the 2,300+ SDKs they use – that constitute the vast inventory of the Apple App Store. The accompanying data provides readers with a glimpse into the rich mobile application insights generated by the 42matters technology. This data is also available via our APIs, file dumps, Explorer, and SDK Explorer.

The intended purpose of this article is to assist app builders in their search for the perfect Gaming and Game Engines SDK to leverage in their app, as well as to give SDK developers insight into their biggest competitors and potential customers. This data collected by our technology may also serve as a useful tool for folks researching the wider mobile app market.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 69.06% have integrated Unity3D. This accounts for 52.04% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Unity, the world’s most popular development platform for creating 2D and 3D multiplatform games and interactive experiences.

Total Apps
158.80k
App Store
App Share
69.06%
App Store
Apps
33.83k
Games
124.97k
Total Downloads
75.36b
App Store
Download Share
52.04%
App Store
App Downloads
8.79b
Game Downloads
66.57b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Unity3D.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 31.95% have integrated Apple GameKit. This accounts for 38.91% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Total Apps
73.47k
App Store
App Share
31.95%
App Store
Apps
17.00k
Games
56.48k
Total Downloads
56.34b
App Store
Download Share
38.91%
App Store
App Downloads
7.37b
Game Downloads
48.98b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apple GameKit.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 10.23% have integrated GameAnalytics. This accounts for 10.69% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

GameanAlytics is an SDK that collects, visualizes, and understands your player data all in one platform.

Total Apps
23.53k
App Store
App Share
10.23%
App Store
Apps
376
Games
23.15k
Total Downloads
15.48b
App Store
Download Share
10.69%
App Store
App Downloads
296.81m
Game Downloads
15.19b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use GameAnalytics.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 9.87% have integrated Apple SpriteKit. This accounts for 25.25% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Total Apps
22.70k
App Store
App Share
9.87%
App Store
Apps
16.35k
Games
6.36k
Total Downloads
36.56b
App Store
Download Share
25.25%
App Store
App Downloads
35.48b
Game Downloads
1.08b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Apple SpriteKit.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 8.40% have integrated Cocos2D-X. This accounts for 8.64% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Cocos2D-X is a mature, open source, cross-platform game development framework SDK that supports 2D and 3D game creation. The engine provides rich functions such as graphics rendering, GUI, audio, network, physics, user input, etc. It is widely used in game development and interactive application construction.

Total Apps
19.31k
App Store
App Share
8.40%
App Store
Apps
3.95k
Games
15.36k
Total Downloads
12.51b
App Store
Download Share
8.64%
App Store
App Downloads
2.76b
Game Downloads
9.75b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Cocos2D-X.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 2.10% have integrated Ejecta. This accounts for 3.43% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Ejecta is a fast, open source JavaScript, Canvas, and audio implementation SDK for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) and tvOS (Apple TV). It serves as a browser that can only display a Canvas element.

Total Apps
4.84k
App Store
App Share
2.10%
App Store
Apps
1.54k
Games
3.29k
Total Downloads
4.96b
App Store
Download Share
3.43%
App Store
App Downloads
1.85b
Game Downloads
3.12b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Ejecta.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 1.44% have integrated Solar2D Corona Labs. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Corona is a 2D engine SDK that lets you build games and apps for all major platforms, including iOS, Android, Kindle, Apple TV, Android TV, macOS, and Windows.

Total Apps
3.31k
App Store
App Share
1.44%
App Store
Apps
1.41k
Games
1.90k
Total Downloads
516.03m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
61.12m
Game Downloads
454.91m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Solar2D Corona Labs.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated Prime31. This accounts for 1.26% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Prime31 is an SDK that creates top quality mobile games, applications, and tools for small and large businesses.

Total Apps
2.29k
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
237
Games
2.06k
Total Downloads
1.83b
App Store
Download Share
1.26%
App Store
App Downloads
269.81m
Game Downloads
1.56b

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Prime31.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated GameCenterManager. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

GameCenter Manager is an SDK that helps to manage Game Center in iOS and Mac apps. It reports and tracks high scores, achievements, and challenges for different players.

Total Apps
935
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
126
Games
809
Total Downloads
690.77m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
31.10m
Game Downloads
659.67m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use GameCenterManager.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated GameThrive. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

The GameThrive SDK offers push notifications for mobile games and apps.

Total Apps
894
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
490
Games
404
Total Downloads
67.87m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
17.03m
Game Downloads
50.84m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use GameThrive.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated TapTap Developer Services. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Total Apps
708
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
63
Games
645
Total Downloads
893.21m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
183.60m
Game Downloads
709.61m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use TapTap Developer Services.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated Faceunity. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Total Apps
629
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
625
Games
4
Total Downloads
882.07m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
784.73m
Game Downloads
97.34m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Faceunity.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated ByteBrew. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Total Apps
608
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
31
Games
577
Total Downloads
781.00m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.07m
Game Downloads
779.93m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use ByteBrew.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated Chipmunk2d. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Chipmunk2D is a simple, lightweight, fast, and portable 2D rigid body physics library SDK written in C.

Total Apps
569
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
118
Games
451
Total Downloads
49.27m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
6.91m
Game Downloads
42.36m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Chipmunk2d.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated Godot Engine. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Total Apps
556
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
101
Games
455
Total Downloads
11.25m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.31m
Game Downloads
9.94m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Godot Engine.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated Unreal Engine 4. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Unreal Engine is the world's most open and advanced real-time 3D creation platform SDK for photoreal visuals and immersive experiences.

Total Apps
424
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
109
Games
315
Total Downloads
819.65m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
27.93m
Game Downloads
791.72m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Unreal Engine 4.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated Everyplay. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

The Everyplay SDK was a framework that facilitated the recording of video and audio of games. It was discontinued in 2018.

Total Apps
340
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
53
Games
287
Total Downloads
31.48m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.50m
Game Downloads
29.98m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Everyplay.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated Google Play Games Services. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Google Play Games Services SDK provides cross-platform Google Play games services that let you easily integrate popular gaming features such as achievements, leaderboards, and saved games in your tablet and mobile games.

Total Apps
263
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
12
Games
251
Total Downloads
7.99m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
224.33k
Game Downloads
7.76m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Google Play Games Services.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated Sparrow. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

The Sparrow SDK is a pure Objective-C built for iPhone and iPad. It's an open source game engine for iOS.

Total Apps
62
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
20
Games
42
Total Downloads
91.54m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
84.20m
Game Downloads
7.34m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Sparrow.

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, <1% have integrated Superera. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

The Superera SDK is an edgy mobile game publishing brand focused on casual to mid-core games.

Total Apps
38
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
3
Games
35
Total Downloads
29.25m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.64m
Game Downloads
27.62m

Use the 42matters SDK Explorer to find all apps that use Superera.

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