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Top 20 Gaming and Game Engines SDKs Used in iOS Apps on the Apple App Store
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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, 68.49% have integrated Unity3D. This accounts for 50.95% 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
155.12k
App Store
App Share
68.49%
App Store
Apps
33.31k
Games
121.81k
Total Downloads
69.66b
App Store
Download Share
50.95%
App Store
App Downloads
7.35b
Game Downloads
62.32b

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

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 32.68% have integrated Apple GameKit. This accounts for 39.96% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Total Apps
74.01k
App Store
App Share
32.68%
App Store
Apps
17.21k
Games
56.80k
Total Downloads
54.64b
App Store
Download Share
39.96%
App Store
App Downloads
6.87b
Game Downloads
47.77b

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

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 10.33% have integrated GameAnalytics. This accounts for 10.94% 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
23.40k
App Store
App Share
10.33%
App Store
Apps
338
Games
23.06k
Total Downloads
14.96b
App Store
Download Share
10.94%
App Store
App Downloads
262.27m
Game Downloads
14.70b

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

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 10.02% have integrated Apple SpriteKit. This accounts for 25.71% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Total Apps
22.69k
App Store
App Share
10.02%
App Store
Apps
16.44k
Games
6.25k
Total Downloads
35.16b
App Store
Download Share
25.71%
App Store
App Downloads
34.19b
Game Downloads
968.17m

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

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 8.71% have integrated Cocos2D-X. This accounts for 8.93% 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
19.72k
App Store
App Share
8.71%
App Store
Apps
4.03k
Games
15.69k
Total Downloads
12.21b
App Store
Download Share
8.93%
App Store
App Downloads
2.57b
Game Downloads
9.63b

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

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 2.17% have integrated Ejecta. This accounts for 3.55% 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
4.92k
App Store
App Share
2.17%
App Store
Apps
1.58k
Games
3.35k
Total Downloads
4.85b
App Store
Download Share
3.55%
App Store
App Downloads
1.97b
Game Downloads
2.88b

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

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 1.51% 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
3.42k
App Store
App Share
1.51%
App Store
Apps
1.48k
Games
1.94k
Total Downloads
572.93m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
67.53m
Game Downloads
505.40m

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

Among all apps utilizing gaming and game engines SDKs, 1.04% have integrated Prime31. This accounts for 1.27% 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
2.36k
App Store
App Share
1.04%
App Store
Apps
240
Games
2.12k
Total Downloads
1.74b
App Store
Download Share
1.27%
App Store
App Downloads
257.59m
Game Downloads
1.48b

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
917
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
116
Games
801
Total Downloads
683.98m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
30.39m
Game Downloads
653.59m

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
906
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
499
Games
407
Total Downloads
68.56m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
17.02m
Game Downloads
51.53m

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
668
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
62
Games
606
Total Downloads
796.00m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
154.81m
Game Downloads
641.19m

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
636
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
632
Games
4
Total Downloads
960.68m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
864.76m
Game Downloads
95.91m

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

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
552
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
120
Games
432
Total Downloads
49.74m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
8.41m
Game Downloads
41.33m

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
471
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
87
Games
384
Total Downloads
11.71m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.29m
Game Downloads
10.42m

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 ByteBrew. This accounts for <1% of app downloads within the gaming and game engines SDK category.

Total Apps
447
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
28
Games
419
Total Downloads
498.67m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.06m
Game Downloads
497.61m

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

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
355
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
54
Games
301
Total Downloads
36.00m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
1.73m
Game Downloads
34.27m

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
15
Games
248
Total Downloads
8.69m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
253.21k
Game Downloads
8.44m

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
65
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
23
Games
42
Total Downloads
309.81m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
292.22m
Game Downloads
17.59m

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
27.97m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
764.00k
Game Downloads
27.21m

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

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

Total Apps
2
App Store
App Share
<1%
App Store
Apps
0
Games
2
Total Downloads
1.62m
App Store
Download Share
<1%
App Store
App Downloads
0
Game Downloads
1.62m

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

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