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Knives Out

Knives Out earned more mobile revenue in 2018 than PUBG

NetEase's battle royale title has a large following in China and Japan, which is where the majority of the revenue came from.

When it comes to mobile battle royale games, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Fortnite and PUBG Mobile are the two major players when it comes to this area, but a new report from Sensor Tower shows that one game has actually beat the pair of them when it comes to revenue - NetEase's Knives Out.

This game garnered around $465 million USD worldwide last year, beating Fortnite's $455 million, according to Sensor Tower's data. The game is incredibly popular in Japan, with nearly 80% of the game's revenue coming from Japanese players, who spent around $370 million on Android and iOS (over 11 times more than what they spent on PUBG Mobile).

The game received a Tokyo map as of November, so we can imagine its popularity in Japan isn't going to dwindle any time soon, and with in-app payments available in China as well - something PUBG Mobile doesn't do - that should also help. After all, Chinese players made up around 18% of the revenue, which equates to $81 million.

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