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South Africa Mobile Gaming Statistics in 2020

South Africa Mobile Gaming Statistics in 2020

Last update: 06 May 2020 CET
South Africa Mobile Gaming Statistics in 2020 for Android

In South Africa, gaming represents only a small slice of consumers’ annual media and entertainment spend. Nevertheless, mobile gaming is growing fast, with the best year-on-year growth rates of any media type, including books, magazines, cinema, music, and podcasts. Considering the country’s high rates of smartphone penetration this should come as no surprise. South Africa, as with much of the world, is increasingly mobile-first when it comes to gaming.

In this article, we will provide a number of detailed mobile games statistics and insights into the South Africa Android game market with focus on mobile games only. We will cover a number of topics, including: how many South African game publishers exist on the Google Play Store, how many mobile games they have released, and how South African mobile games have performed compared to the global average. The data is aggregated based on address, such that only major game publishers and ones with valid South African addresses on the Android market have been considered. Furthermore, all download statistics are estimates.

How Many Mobile Game Publishers Are from South Africa?

There are more than 233 South African publishers on Google Play out of all 158,423 game publishers. One of the biggest South African publishers are Wild Foot Games, TANGIAPPS IT SOLUTION PRIVATE LIMITED, Distinct Media, iGindis Games, Guinea Pixel, NeoFrontier Technologies, Makar Solianov, Mike Kroger, ZAR TECH SOLUTIONS, Rampokkers . Less than 1% of all game publishers on Google Play are from South Africa. Find the biggest app publishers with our App Market Explorer.

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How Many Mobile Games Are from South African Publishers?

There are more than 781 games from South African publishers on Google Play out of the 419,685 games. Mobile Games with most downloads of South African publishers are . Less than 1% of all mobile games on Google Play are from South African publishers. Filter for mobile games by publisher country with our tool here.

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South African Mobile Games
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Total Mobile Games

How Are Mobile Games from South African Publishers Rated?

The average rating of 781 games from South African publishers on Google Play is 3.09 out of 5 stars. This is less than the overall average rating of all mobile games of 3.63 stars. Mobile Games from South African publishers on Google Play have on average 774 ratings. This number is higher than the average number of ratings of all games, which is 5,958 ratings. Sort by the best rated game or by the game with most ratings directly in our App Market Explorer.

Average rating of
South African Mobile Games
3.09 stars
Average #Ratings of
South African Mobile Games
Average rating of
All Mobile Games
3.63 stars
Average #Ratings of
All Mobile Games

How Many Downloads Do Mobile Game from South African Publishers Get?

Mobile Games by South African publishers have an average of 176.14k downloads. Overall they get more downloads than the average of all mobile games which is 388.24k. We offer also more detailed download estimates for any app.

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Average Downloads Per South African Mobile Game
Average Downloads Per Mobile Game

How Do South African Mobile Games Monetize?

13% of games by South African publishers are paid. That is a higher value of paid mobile games compared to the overall games, where 5% are paid. 72% of games by South African publishers include ads. That is a lower value compared to the whole world, where 73% games have ads. 19% of games by South African publishers make use of In-App Payments to monetize. That is less compared to 20% the overall mobile games use.

Paid Mobile Games South African Paid Mobile Games13% Overall Paid Mobile Games5%
Ads South African Include Ads72% Overall Include Ads73%
In-App Billing South African In-App Billing19% Overall In-App Billing20%

Do South African Mobile Games Publishers Release on both iOS and Android?

19% of games of South African publishers are available on both Google Play and iTunes. Overall they put more effort in publishing on both stores, compared to the average publisher with 18%. Use our iOS to Android Matching API or Android to iOS Matching API to find the same app across stores.

South African Mobile Games
Available on Both Stores
Overall Mobile Games
Available on Both Stores

Who Are the Top 15 South African Mobile Game Publishers Based on Downloads?

The following are the top publishers from South Africa that accumulated most downloads.

1 Wild Foot Games

Wild Foot Games is on position 1 of the biggest South African game publishers. Wild Foot Games is a South African mobile game publisher that builds 3D animal simulators. They work in small, focused, high performance teams and maintain a friendly, open environment where all team members share their knowledge. Wild Foot Games has developed many mobile games, including Spider World Multiplayer, Horses of the Forest, Clan of Griffin, Wild Dog Survival Simulator, and more. They own 126 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 90.43m+ times.

90.43m+
126
2 TANGIAPPS IT SOLUTION PRIVATE LIMITED

TANGIAPPS IT SOLUTION PRIVATE LIMITED is on position 2 of the biggest South African game publishers. TANGIAPPS IT SOLUTION PRIVATE LIMITED is an Indian IT company that build apps and software for JAVA, Android, iOS, and Windows platforms. They are one of India's leading cartoon-based game channels. TANGIAPPS IT SOLUTION PRIVATE LIMITED has developed and published Angry Fruits, Motu Patlu Cricket Game, Motu Patlu Cooking, Motu Patlu Cycling Adventure, and more. They own 36 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 35.95m+ times.

35.95m+
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3 Distinct Media

Distinct Media is on position 3 of the biggest South African game publishers. Distinct Media is a mobile game publisher based in South Africa that creates engaging, iconic games that take you to a simulated world of awesomeness! Distinct Media has produced the games Tornado Strike Zone, Its TITANIC, Nuke Em All, Nuclear STRIKE bomber, and more. They own 10 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 3.08m+ times.

3.08m+
10
4 iGindis Games

iGindis Games is on position 4 of the biggest South African game publishers. iGindis Games, known simply as iGindis, aims to develop the best turn-based, strategy games for mobile devices. Based in South Africa, their games use Artificial Intelligence and enable users to make new friends around the world. iGindis Games has developed World Empire 2027, Europe Empire 2027, Asia Empire 2027, Middle East Empire 2027, and more. They own 6 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 679.88k+ times.

679.88k+
6
5 Guinea Pixel

Guinea Pixel is on position 5 of the biggest South African game publishers. Guinea Pixel is a South African mobile games publisher that builds Unity Games and Arduino Projects. They make fun games and create creative Arduino projects using electronics and 3D Printers. Guinea Pixel has built the mobile games Rock Guitar Solo (Real Guitar), Rock Guitar Solo (Real Guitar), Ultimate GIF Maker - with Boomerang Special FX, Retro Pixel Smasher: Arcade Platformer (Early Access), and more. They own 8 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 656.47k+ times.

656.47k+
8
6 NeoFrontier Technologies

NeoFrontier Technologies is on position 6 of the biggest South African game publishers. NeoFrontier Technologies is a mobile games publisher based in South Africa. NeoFrontier Technologies has developed a number of mobile games, including: Identify the Unknown Caller, FreakLabs Underground FPS 3D, Bluetooth Signal Meter, Cell Tower Info and Signal, and more. They own 17 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 567.79k+ times.

567.79k+
17
7 Makar Solianov

Makar Solianov is on position 7 of the biggest South African game publishers. Makar Solianov is a South Africa-based mobile games publisher. Makar Solianov has developed 神獸傳奇 and 冰火戰歌. They own 2 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 232.5k+ times.

232.5k+
2
8 Mike Kroger

Mike Kroger is on position 8 of the biggest South African game publishers. Mike Kroger, an independent mobile games publisher, creates crossword and puzzle apps. He is based in South Africa. Mike Kroger has developed the games Crosswords II, Crossword Solver Ad-Free, Cryptic Crosswords Ad-Free, Pig Spotter, and more. They own 14 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 213.64k+ times.

213.64k+
14
9 ZAR TECH SOLUTIONS

ZAR TECH SOLUTIONS is on position 9 of the biggest South African game publishers. ZAR TECH SOLUTIONS is a mobile games developer that focuses on driving simulator and racing apps, as well as other action games. They are based in South Africa. ZAR TECH SOLUTIONS has developed and published a handful of games, including SA Lift Club - Driver App, Death Car Racing - Motion steer racing game, Gangster crime | Vigilante mafia action game, Cowboys Adventures, and more. They own 18 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 128.92k+ times.

128.92k+
18
10 Rampokkers

Rampokkers is on position 10 of the biggest South African game publishers. Rampokkers is a South African mobile games publisher. Rampokkers has developed and published Drug Lord 2, Guess your own Songs, and StuComm. They own 3 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 128.03k+ times.

128.03k+
3

What Are the Most Used SDKs by South African Mobile Game Publishers?

The following shows which SDKs are most used by South Africa game publishers. To find out which mobile games integrate the following SDK use our App Market Explorer. We have also aggregated the worldwide Top Ad Network SDKs and other categories.

1 Google Ads AdMob

79% of mobile games from South African publishers have Google Ads AdMob integrated. In total 516 games. Google Ads AdMob is a mobile advertising platform that enables users to monetize their mobile applications via in-app advertising. AdMob is based on the Google Mobile Ads SDK and serves over 200 billion ad requests a month, with over 1 million advertisers and 1 million apps currently running on the AdMob mobile ad network.

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516
2 Firebase

57% of mobile games from South African publishers have Firebase integrated. In total 377 games. Firebase is a mobile and web application development platform SDK that gives app builders the ability to develop their apps faster, without worrying about infrastructure. It includes functionalities like analytics, databases, messaging and crash reporting so developers can move quickly and focus on their users.

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377
3 Android Support Library V4

57% of mobile games from South African publishers have Android Support Library V4 integrated. In total 377 games. Android Support Library V4, developed by Google’s Android team, is a platform that helps app developers manage the release of new API versions. Rather than developing code to handle the provisioning of new features on earlier releases, developers can leverage Android Support Library V4 to provide that compatibility layer.

57
377
4 Unity3D

51% of mobile games from South African publishers have Unity3D integrated. In total 336 games.

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336
5 FMOD

51% of mobile games from South African publishers have FMOD integrated. In total 335 games.

51
335
6 Google Play In-app billing

45% of mobile games from South African publishers have Google Play In-app billing integrated. In total 297 games. Google Play In-App Billing is an SDK that lets developers sell digital content on Android applications. It can be used to sell one-time products, rewarded products, subscriptions, and more.

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297
7 Google Analytics

38% of mobile games from South African publishers have Google Analytics integrated. In total 252 games. Google Analytics is an analytics SDK that enables app developers to measure user interactions on their app. It is designed to give developers the tools necessary to collect, configure, and analyze data in order to reach the right audience.

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252
8 Google Drive SDK

38% of mobile games from South African publishers have Google Drive SDK integrated. In total 251 games. The Google Drive SDK makes it possible for app developers to create mobile, web, and desktop apps that leverage Google Drive cloud storage. This includes reading, writing, and syncing files in Google Drive.

38
251
9 Google Play Game Services

38% of mobile games from South African publishers have Google Play Game Services integrated. In total 250 games. Google Play Game Services is an SDK that provides cross-platform services that gives app developers the ability to easily integrate popular gaming features such as achievements, leaderboards, Saved Games, and real-time multiplayer on their tablet and mobile games.

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250
10 AppLovin MAX

31% of mobile games from South African publishers have AppLovin MAX integrated. In total 205 games. AppLovin's powerful analytics and marketing platform provides mobile game developers with the tools they need to monetize, publish, understand, and grow their businesses all in one SDK.

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What Are the Most Used Android Mobile Games Permissions by South African Publishers?

The following shows which android permissions are most frequently request by South Africa mobile games publishers. Use our App Market Explorer to filter the Google Play Store by mobile games with specific permissions.

1 Internet Access

android.permission.INTERNET makes it possible for app publishers to create network sockets and use custom network protocols within their apps. This permission is not required for internet connection however, as the mobile browser provides all apps with the ability to send data to the internet. 92% of the games from South African publishers use the Internet Access permission. Total 716 games.

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2 Network Information Access

The android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE permission can be leveraged by app developers to enable their apps to view information about network connections. This information includes such things as which networks exist and which already have connections. 84% of the games from South African publishers use the Network Information Access permission. Total 655 games.

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3 Write External Storage

android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE makes it possible for app developers to enable their apps to modify or delete the contents of users’ SD cards. 53% of the games from South African publishers use the Write External Storage permission. Total 415 games.

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4 Wifi Information Access

App publishers can leverage android.permission.ACCESS_WIFI_STATE to enable their app to view information about Wi-Fi networking. This includes whether Wi-Fi is enabled and the names of the connected Wi-Fi devices. 44% of the games from South African publishers use the Wifi Information Access permission. Total 340 games.

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5 Phone Sleep Mode Preventation

android.permission.WAKE_LOCK gives apps the ability to prevent the phone they are running on from going into sleep mode. This is good for apps, like YouTube, that get extended periods of engagement that do not necessarily require the user to touch the screen or otherwise interact physically with the device. 36% of the games from South African publishers use the Phone Sleep Mode Preventation permission. Total 281 games.

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281
6 Billing

The com.android.vending.BILLING permission is required for the integration of billing in android applications. 36% of the games from South African publishers use the Billing permission. Total 280 games.

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280
7 Read External Storage

The android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission allows app developers to enable their apps to read the contents of user SD cards. 32% of the games from South African publishers use the Read External Storage permission. Total 251 games.

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251
8 Phone State Access

android.permission.READ_PHONE_STATE enables apps to access the internal features of user devices. This makes it possible for apps to determine user phone numbers and device IDs, whether a call is active on a user’s device, and the remote phone number of those calling the user. 22% of the games from South African publishers use the Phone State Access permission. Total 170 games.

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9 Vibration

android.permission.VIBRATE makes it possible for app builders to give their apps control over the vibrating function of the devices they are running on. 22% of the games from South African publishers use the Vibration permission. Total 169 games.

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169
10 Course Location Access

App publishers can use android.permission.ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION within their apps to give them the ability to generate the approximate location of the devices they are running on. This location is generated by a combination of location services, including network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi. Similar to the android.permission.ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION permission, these location services must be enabled by the user for the app to use them. 20% of the games from South African publishers use the Course Location Access permission. Total 153 games.

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What Are the Top 15 Mobile Games in South Africa?

The following shows the official Google Play mobile games top chart of South Africa. There are no games from South African publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 15 Mobile Games in South Africa's Grossing Top Chart?

The following shows the official Google Play Grossing mobile games chart of South Africa. There are no games from South African publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 15 Arcade Mobile Games in South Africa's Top Chart?

The following shows the official Google Play Arcade mobile games chart of South Africa. There are no games from South African publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 15 Highest Ranked Casual Mobile Games in South Africa?

The following shows the official Google Play casual mobile games chart of South Africa. There are no games from South African publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 15 Highest Ranked Racing Mobile Games in South Africa?

The following shows the official Google Play racing mobile games chart of South Africa. There are no games from South African publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 15 Highest Ranked Action Mobile Games in South Africa?

The following shows the official Google Play action mobile games chart of South Africa. There are no games from South African publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 15 Highest Ranked Simulation Mobile Games in South Africa?

The following shows the official Google Play simulation mobile games chart of South Africa. There are no games from South African publishers. See the full chart here.

What Are the Top 15 Highest Ranked Strategy Mobile Games in South Africa?

The following shows the official Google Play stranegy mobile games chart of South Africa. There are no games from South African publishers. See the full chart here.