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App Annie Announces the Top 52 Publishers of 2013! See Who Made the List

We know you keep a close tab on the top rankings every day with Store Stats. Some of you may even analyze download and revenue numbers with our Intelligence platform. But no matter how you track the industry, App Annie thinks it’s important to celebrate the publishers (and the individuals who make up these companies) who motivate, inspire and lead the app publishing world. That’s why we asked our data crunchers to pull together 2013’s Top 52 earners on the iOS App Store and Google Play.

We’ve always celebrated this annual ranking with a deck of cards, and this year is no different. While last year’s design mimicked an iPhone home screen, this year we opted for a more “premium” feel that coincides with the exclusive nature of making this list. We hope you have as much fun playing with these cards as we had designing them!

Without further ado, here’s the exclusive list of the Top 52 Grossing Publishers of 2013:

App Annie 52 Playing Cards – Top 52 Publishers of 2013 Worldwide iOS & Google Play Combined Annual Revenue 2013
Rank Publisher Card HQ Country
#1 GungHo Online A Japan
#2 Supercell A Finland
#3 King A United Kingdom
#4 LINE A Japan
#5 Electronic Arts K United States
#6 GREE K Japan
#7 CJ Group K South Korea
#8 DeNA K Japan
#9 Kabam Q United States
#10 Gameloft Q France
#11 COLOPL Q Japan
#12 Storm8 Q United States
#13 Zynga J United States
#14 SEGA J Japan
#15 Caesars Entertainment J United States
#16 BANDAI NAMCO Games, Inc. J Japan
#17 CyberAgent 10 Japan
#18 Big Fish Games 10 United States
#19 WeMade 10 South Korea
#20 Disney 10 United States
#21 Social Quantum 9 Russia
#22 Pandora Media 9 United States
#23 Glu™ 9 United States
#24 Time Warner 9 United States
#25 Pocket Gems 8 United States
#26 GAMEVIL 8 South Korea
#27 KLab 8 Japan
#28 SQUARE ENIX 8 Japan
#29 Mojang 7 Sweden
#30 Nordeus 7 Serbia
#31 Game Insight 7 Russia
#32 Apple 7 United States
#33 Rovio 6 Finland
#34 Tencent 6 China
#35 Digital Cloud 6 China
#36 Devsisters 6 South Korea
#37 Tap4Fun 5 China
#38 Machine Zone 5 United States
#39 CAPCOM 5 Japan
#40 NaturalMotion 5 United Kingdom
#41 International Game Technology 4 United States
#42 Kalends Group 4 China
#43 NHN Entertainment 4 South Korea
#44 Mad Head 4 Hong Kong
#45 LocoJoy 3 China
#46 SundayToz 3 South Korea
#47 NTT DOCOMO 3 Japan
#48 Greentube 3 Austria
#49 Com2uS 2 South Korea
#50 BASH Gaming 2 United States
#51 Donuts 2 Japan
#52 Ateam 2 Japan
SOURCE: App Annie Index ™


The Data Behind the Cards

How do we know which app publishers earned the most? We have vast amounts of anonymized data and an advanced statistical model that generates the industry’s most accurate market estimates for the app stores. We then tie this data to our industry-first DNA technology, which gives you the full picture, capturing whole companies including their subsidiaries. The table above represents the Top 52 Publishers by combined iOS and Google Play revenue from January 2013 to December 2013 inclusive.


The Analysis Behind the Cards

Along with these rankings, here are some notable trends from 2013. These changes will undoubtedly affect the industry, your app development strategies, investment portfolios and more. Do you agree with our points below? Let us know in the comments.

Publishers From East Asia Rise as US Dominance Recedes

Publishers from East Asia were featured significantly more in the playing cards this year. In 2013, 26 of the Top 52 publishers were based in Japan, South Korea or China — up from 16 in 2012. Meanwhile, publishers from the US featured in the Top 52 decreased from 23 in 2012 to 15 in 2013. Additionally, in 2012, three of the top five publishers were from the United States, compared with only one US publisher in the top five in 2013.

Top Publishers Embrace Google Play

Several top publishers that appeared as iOS-exclusive publishers in the 2012 playing cards embraced Google Play during 2013. Notable examples include Supercell and CAPCOM. Overall, seven iOS-exclusive publishers featured on the playing cards in 2012. In 2013, this reduced to just one publisher that didn’t have apps in both Google Play and the iOS App Store.

New Publishers Emerge in 2013

The 2013 playing cards feature 20 publishers that did not appear on the 2012 playing cards, as well as 32 returning publishers. This indicates the extent of change and development in the iOS App Store and Google Play in 2013.


So How Do I Get a Deck?

If you’ve visited our conference booths, you know we love handing out our free card decks. So be sure to swing by our booths this year and be one of the first to get these playing cards. Our upcoming events are:

Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (Chicago)

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Dates: June 10 - 13 2014
Times: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Venue: McCormick Place West

Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) (Los Angeles)

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Dates: June 10 - 12 2014
Times: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Venue: Los Angeles Convention Center

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Congratulations again to the publishers who made the rankings!

- The App Annie Team



The rankings for the 2013 playing cards are based on the app revenue generated by the parent companies in the iOS App Store and Google Play combined in 2013. For publishers acquired by another company during the year, the revenue is attributed to the new parent company from the start of the month in which the acquisition occurred.

Publisher rankings for the 2013 playing cards include app revenue from all known app publishing subsidiaries under the parent company listed on the playing cards. The rankings for the 2012 playing cards were based on revenue from the app publisher listed in the iOS App Store and Google Play. This change in methodology may affect some comparisons made between the 2012 and 2013 playing cards.

June 10, 2014

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