GameRefinery Market Review February 2023

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GameRefinery by Liftoff’s latest analysis of the US, China, and Japan’s key mobile game markets, has just been released. 

Here’s what they found:

February was a big month for Marvel Snap as it finally introduced PvP with its new friendly Battle Mode. It also saw the start of its new season, Into the Quantum Realm, which coincides with the theatrical release of the new film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. MCU fans were keen to pick up the associated new Battle Pass, as daily revenue spiked by almost 600%.

Right around the time of the release of Hogwarts Legacy across Ps5 and Xbox Series consoles, Harry Potter: Magic Awakened jumped on the hype of the wizarding world by introducing a new desert-themed map area that intertwined roguelite mechanics with two new home systems.

February also saw a number of in-game collaboration events with anime franchises. GODDESS OF VICTORY: NIKKE hit the 25th-grossing rank in the US after hosting an event themed around Chainsaw Man, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang introduced a Jujutsu Training event based on Jutjusu Kaisen, and Puzzle & Dragons added several new characters based on the Japanese mecha-anime franchise Gundam.

Gardenscapes added a Secret Ingredient event with merge2 mechanics, which was almost identical to an earlier update in one of Playrix’s other titles, Homescapes. Playrix appears to now be actively pushing merge events across its games, with Township set to follow closely with its own mirrored merge event in March.

X-Hero continued its use of minigames that differ from its core gameplay, replacing its Save Doge mode with a new UA-focused minigame called Chess Wanted. What’s unique about this addition is that everything stayed the same for existing players, who still have SaveDoge as their minigame, whereas new players must play Chess Wanted as part of the tutorial and can access it later as a permanent minigame.

In Japan, Umamusume Pretty Derby raced to the top of the charts as it launched its second-anniversary update, complete with a playable training scenario called Grand Masters. This featured narration by the famous Japanese racing announcer Kiyoshi Sugimoto.

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