Analyst: Just 25 Developers Grabbed 50% Of App Revenues On U.S. App Store, Google Play Last Month; Earning $60M Between Them


Proof, if proof were needed, that the apps gold-rush has resulted in the majority of the riches being concentrated in a few developers’ hands: analyst house Canalys says just 25 developers accounted for half of app revenue on the two dominant U.S. app stores, Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play, over a 20-day period last month.

The finding is an estimate based on Canalys’ daily App Interrogator surveys, and refers to revenue generated in the U.S. in these stores during the first 20 days of November. Between them, the 25 developers accrued $60 million from paid-for downloads and in-app purchases over this period, according to the analyst. All the top-grossing developers — bar one — are games developers. The exception is the Pandora music streaming service with its Pandora Radio app. Games developers in the list include Zynga, Electronic Arts, Disney, Kabam, Rovio, Glu, Gameloft and Storm8’s TeamLava — with…

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