The Candy Crush series of games made an incredible $1.5 billion in 2018. That's more than Pokemon Go and the mobile version of Fortnite managed to achieve.
Fortnite dominated the gaming world in 2018. Most notably, the increasingly popular battle royale-style game made the move onto Android and iOS. That means you can basically play Fortnite whenever and wherever you want, providing you have an internet connection, of course. The game reportedly made a staggering $3 billion in profit in 2018.
Pokemon Go also had a surprising resurgence last year. During the summer of 2016, everyone was playing Pokemon Go. However, after the initial hype, the player count dropped off a little. Niantic really put the work in during 2018 to counteract that. The game was changed and added to more than ever before and all of that work paid off.
However, there is one game in the mobile arena whose numbers make Fortnite and Pokemon Go look small time. Candy Crush. That's right, the extremely simple mobile game that you get bothered about by Facebook friends is still going strong. According to Gamespot, the Candy Crush series of games made an incredible $1.5 billion in revenue via its microtransactions across iOS and Android. In comparison, Fortnite made $455 million on iOS, and Pokemon Go raked in $800 million across both mobile platforms.
Now there are a few qualifiers. The Candy Crush family incorporates a handful of games. Well, Candy Crush Saga, the original game in the series, brought in $945 million of the $1.5 billion. So that title alone still beats Pokemon Go and Fortnite. You may also have noticed that Fortnite's number only includes iOS revenue. Well, its mobile version wasn't launched until August 2018, so it's safe to assume it still didn't come close to Candy Crush.
If all of the above wasn't impressive enough for a game that simply requires its players to line up candies that are the same color, there's the game's longevity. Candy Crush Saga was released all the way back in 2012, and it is still generating almost $1 billion a year without the spin-offs that have come since. That is pretty much unheard of. Next time you get a Candy Crush request on Facebook, maybe consider jumping back on the bandwagon. Then again, the game seems to be doing just fine without us.