Mobile games continue to earn nosebleed-inducing sums of money, but the world’s top-earning app publisher that isn’t a gaming company might surprise you.
Excluding games, it was Line – the Japanese messaging platform that’s gunning to be much more – that topped App Annie’s 2015 ranking of app publishers based on combined revenue from iOS and Google Play. It’s actually the third year in a row that Line earned the superlative.
Even with game publishers included, Line still managed to claim the number-seven spot. As a standalone app, Line was also ranked number-two globally for revenue, behind only music subscription service Spotify. Line Manga and Line Play were number six and seven, respectively, just behind fifth-ranked Tinder.
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