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South Korea Mobile Gaming Statistics in 2020

South Korea Mobile Gaming Statistics in 2020

Last update: 26 May 2020 CET
South Korea Mobile Gaming Statistics in 2020 for Android

Some of the most innovative mobile gaming app companies are based in South Korea. With independent publishers like J-PARK, and gaming stalwarts like NEXON, GAMEVIL, and Netmarble, Korea has long occupied a spot on the leading edge of mobile gaming. Now, with the advent of the app economy, even the big boys, like NAVER Corp. and Kakao, are getting involved.

In this article, we will provide a number of detailed mobile games statistics and insights into the South Korea Android game market with focus on mobile games only. We will cover a number of topics, including: how many Korean game publishers exist on the Google Play Store, how many mobile games they have released, and how Korean 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 Korean addresses on the Android market have been considered. Furthermore, all download statistics are estimates.

How Many Mobile Game Publishers Are from South Korea?

There are more than 3,218 Korean publishers on Google Play out of all 162,336 game publishers. One of the biggest Korean publishers are mobirix, SUD Inc., BitMango, Netmarble, Com2uS, GAMEVIL, JOYCITY Corp., NESM, FirstFox Games, NEXON Company . Overall 2% of all game publishers on Google Play are from South Korea. Find the biggest app publishers with our App Market Explorer.

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Korean
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How Many Mobile Games Are from Korean Publishers?

There are more than 10,478 games from Korean publishers on Google Play out of the 424,827 games. Mobile Games with most downloads of Korean publishers are KartRider Rush+, 퍼즐 오디션, 카이로스 : 어둠을 밝히는 자, 소년명장, 소울리버스 제로, Random Dice: PvP Defense, PUBG MOBILE, 워드퍼즐 - 단어 게임! 재미있는 단어 퍼즐, Bread Run, Infinite Stairs . 2% of all mobile games on Google Play are from Korean publishers. Filter for mobile games by publisher country with our tool here.

Percentage
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Korean Mobile Games
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Total Mobile Games

How Are Mobile Games from Korean Publishers Rated?

The average rating of 10,478 games from Korean publishers on Google Play is 3.91 out of 5 stars. This is better than the overall average rating of all mobile games which is 3.63. Mobile Games from Korean publishers on Google Play have on average 11,598 ratings. This number is higher than the average number of ratings of all games, which is 5,948 ratings. Sort by the best rated game or by the game with most ratings directly in our App Market Explorer.

Average rating of
Korean Mobile Games
3.91 stars
Average #Ratings of
Korean Mobile Games
Average rating of
All Mobile Games
3.63 stars
Average #Ratings of
All Mobile Games

How Many Downloads Do Mobile Game from Korean Publishers Get?

Mobile Games by Korean publishers have an average of 597.04k downloads. Overall they get more downloads than the average of all mobile games which is 389.37k. We offer also more detailed download estimates for any app.

Download Statistics
Average Downloads Per Korean Mobile Game
Average Downloads Per Mobile Game

How Do Korean Mobile Games Monetize?

6% of games by Korean publishers are paid. That is a higher value of paid mobile games compared to the overall games, where 5% are paid. 79% of games by Korean publishers include ads. That is a higher value compared to the whole world, where 73% games have ads. 49% of games by Korean publishers make use of In-App Payments to monetize. That is higher than the average of 20% of games.

Paid Mobile Games Korean Paid Mobile Games6% Overall Paid Mobile Games5%
Ads Korean Include Ads79% Overall Include Ads73%
In-App Billing Korean In-App Billing49% Overall In-App Billing20%

Do Korean Mobile Games Publishers Release on both iOS and Android?

35% of games of Korean 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.

Korean Mobile Games
Available on Both Stores
Overall Mobile Games
Available on Both Stores

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

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

1 mobirix

mobirix is on position 1 of the biggest Korean game publishers. mobirix is a mobile gaming app publisher based in South Korea. Their goal is to provide content that users of all ages and cultural backgrounds can enjoy and to provide the best gaming experience possible to millions of gamers all around the world. They believe that the player always comes first. mobirix has developed such gaming apps as Bricks Breaker Quest, Grow Kingdom, World Soccer League, 4 in a row king, and much more. They own 154 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 930.74m+ times.

930.74m+
154
2 SUD Inc.

SUD Inc. is on position 2 of the biggest Korean game publishers. SUD Inc. is a subsidiary of NAVER Corp, the South Korean internet content service company known for operating the popular search engine, Naver. They are focused primarily on developing and publishing mobile gaming apps. SUD Inc. has developed and published such apps as Dr. Parking 4, Dr. Driving, Dr. Gomoku, Dr. Chess, and more. They own 24 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 580.31m+ times.

580.31m+
24
3 BitMango

BitMango is on position 3 of the biggest Korean game publishers. BitMango is a mobile gaming app publisher, based in South Korea, founded in 2011. They develop and publish mobile puzzle apps that users around the world can enjoy. BitMango’s portfolio includes: Block! Triangle Puzzle, Block! Hexa Puzzle, Bubble Pop! Puzzle Game Legend, Line Puzzle: Pipe Art, and more. They own 59 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 561.93m+ times.

561.93m+
59
4 Netmarble

Netmarble is on position 4 of the biggest Korean game publishers. Established in 2000, Netmarble has cemented its position as one of the most popular mobile game companies in the world. Their primary concern is providing players with epic gaming experiences. Netmarble’s mobile gaming repertoire includes: The King of Fighters, Marvel Future Fight, BTS WORLD, Iron Throne, and more. They own 42 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 240.87m+ times.

240.87m+
42
5 Com2uS

Com2uS is on position 5 of the biggest Korean game publishers. Com2uS is an industry-leading Korean mobile gaming app company that has been developing and publishing mobile games since 1999. Com2uS has been growing in lockstep with the mobile gaming industry and has a well-earned reputation for producing excellent products. Com2uS has created a diverse portfolio of apps, such as MLB 9 Innings 19, Homerun Battle 2, Golf Star, Skylanders Ring of Heroes, and more. They own 32 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 178.26m+ times.

178.26m+
32
6 GAMEVIL

GAMEVIL is on position 6 of the biggest Korean game publishers. GAMEVIL, which was founded in 2000, earned its reputation as one of the best mobile gaming companies in the world by crafting a diverse portfolio of award-winning games. As a leader in mobile game publishing, GAMEVIL is committed to establishing mobile gaming as the world’s definitive mass market entertainment platform. GAMEVIL’s products include Cartoon Wars, TALION, Kritika: The White Knights, HEIR OF LIGHT, and more. They own 19 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 162.35m+ times.

162.35m+
19
7 JOYCITY Corp.

JOYCITY Corp. is on position 7 of the biggest Korean game publishers. JOYCITY is a South Korean game developer founded in 1994. Over the years they have developed numerous innovative games, spanning a wide range of genres. Early on in the mobile gaming boom, they struck gold with their social-network-game (SNG) ‘Rule the Sky,’ and have since invested more resources into the mobile gaming market. JOYCITY Corp. has published GUNSHIP BATTLE: Helicopter 3D, Game of Dice, WARSHIP BATTLE:3D World War II, The War of Genesis: Battle of Antaria, and more. They own 15 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 140.77m+ times.

140.77m+
15
8 NESM

NESM is on position 8 of the biggest Korean game publishers. They own a single game that has been downloaded more than 118.01m+ times.

118.01m+
1
9 FirstFox Games

FirstFox Games is on position 9 of the biggest Korean game publishers. FirstFox Games is a mobile gaming app development company based in South Korea. They provide both free flash games and smartphone games, and are determined to contribute to a healthy play culture for children. FirstFox Games has developed such apps as Dino Robot Infinity: Dinosaur Battle Game, Transform Dino Robot - General Mobilization, Terminator Tyranno - Combine! Dino Robot, Mermaid Girl: dress up game, and more. They own 273 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 106.11m+ times.

106.11m+
273
10 NEXON Company

NEXON Company is on position 10 of the biggest Korean game publishers. Nexon, which was founded in 1994, is a pioneer in the world of interactive entertainment software. They introduced some of the most important industry innovations, including the world’s first graphic massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) and the first free-to-play game. Since then, Nexon has continued to lead the industry in the development of MMORPGs, proving that online games are a progressive, mainstream form of entertainment to be enjoyed by everyone. NEXON Company has an admirable mobile gaming app portfolio, which includes: Darkness Rises, Godzilla Defense Force, Durango: Wild Lands, Power Rangers: All Stars, and more. They own 44 mobile games that have been downloaded together more than 88.79m+ times.

88.79m+
44

What Are the Most Used SDKs by Korean Mobile Game Publishers?

The following shows which SDKs are most used by South Korea 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

77% of mobile games from Korean publishers have Google Ads AdMob integrated. In total 6,647 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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6647
2 Firebase

70% of mobile games from Korean publishers have Firebase integrated. In total 6,033 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.

70
6033
3 Unity3D

66% of mobile games from Korean publishers have Unity3D integrated. In total 5,702 games.

66
5702
4 FMOD

66% of mobile games from Korean publishers have FMOD integrated. In total 5,676 games.

66
5676
5 Google Play Game Services

63% of mobile games from Korean publishers have Google Play Game Services integrated. In total 5,451 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.

63
5451
6 Google Play In-app billing

62% of mobile games from Korean publishers have Google Play In-app billing integrated. In total 5,318 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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7 Google Drive SDK

62% of mobile games from Korean publishers have Google Drive SDK integrated. In total 5,307 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.

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8 Android Support Library V4

46% of mobile games from Korean publishers have Android Support Library V4 integrated. In total 4,009 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.

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9 Unity Ads

43% of mobile games from Korean publishers have Unity Ads integrated. In total 3,742 games. The Unity Ads SDK helps publishers integrate especially video advertisements, aimed at maximizing revenue and improving user experience, into their games. Unity Ads gives developers the ability to offer users a variety of rewards in exchange for watching videos, such as additional “life,” currency, score increases, etc.

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3742
10 Google Play Games plugin for Unity

33% of mobile games from Korean publishers have Google Play Games plugin for Unity integrated. In total 2,852 games.

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

The following shows which android permissions are most frequently request by South Korea 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. 96% of the games from Korean publishers use the Internet Access permission. Total 10,065 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. 91% of the games from Korean publishers use the Network Information Access permission. Total 9,545 games.

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3 Billing

The com.android.vending.BILLING permission is required for the integration of billing in android applications. 63% of the games from Korean publishers use the Billing permission. Total 6,637 games.

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6637
4 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. 61% of the games from Korean publishers use the Phone Sleep Mode Preventation permission. Total 6,370 games.

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6370
5 Push Notification

com.google.android.c2dm.permission.RECEIVE can be used within apps to allow them to accept cloud to device messages sent by the app’s service. It should be noted however, that using this service will incur data usage, and malicious apps could cause excess data usage. 43% of the games from Korean publishers use the Push Notification permission. Total 4,485 games.

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6 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. 40% of the games from Korean publishers use the Write External Storage permission. Total 4,192 games.

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4192
7 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. 39% of the games from Korean publishers use the Vibration permission. Total 4,042 games.

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8 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. 37% of the games from Korean publishers use the Wifi Information Access permission. Total 3,885 games.

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9 Install Referrer

Apps often advertise other apps. By leveraging com.google.android.finsky.permission.BIND_GET_INSTALL_REFERRER_SERVICE apps can make sure that installs of other apps launched via their ads are properly attributed. 35% of the games from Korean publishers use the Install Referrer permission. Total 3,670 games.

35
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10 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. 30% of the games from Korean publishers use the Read External Storage permission. Total 3,105 games.

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What Are the Top 15 Mobile Games in South Korea?

The following shows the official Google Play mobile games top chart of South Korea. 20% of the top games in South Korea are from Korean game publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play Grossing mobile games chart of South Korea. 60% of the top grossing games in South Korea are from Korean game publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play Arcade mobile games chart of South Korea. 40% of the top arcade games in South Korea are from Korean game publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play casual mobile games chart of South Korea. 27% of the top casual games in South Korea are from Korean game publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play racing mobile games chart of South Korea. 13% of the top racing games in South Korea are from Korean game publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play action mobile games chart of South Korea. 33% of the top action games in South Korea are from Korean game publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play simulation mobile games chart of South Korea. 40% of the top simulations games in South Korea are from Korean game publishers. See the full chart here.

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

The following shows the official Google Play stranegy mobile games chart of South Korea. 13% of the top strategy games in South Korea are from Korean game publishers. See the full chart here.