Mobile Gaming is Huge: Fate/Grand Order Made $3B Since 2015. Entire Metal Gear Franchise made $2.5B Since 1987

Sensortower reported earlier this month that lifetime sales of Fate/Grand Order since its 2015 launch topped $3B globally, with the vast majority of that coming from Japan (82%). While this figure is impressive it does require some context to fully understand.

The Metal Gear franchise since its release in 1987 sold ~49.2 million units worldwide. At an average selling price of say $50 (not every copy is sold at full $59.99), that gives us a total of $2.46B. Fate/Grand Order brought in more total sales in 4 years than the entire Metal Gear franchise did in 32 years. Wow.

Curious what Fate/Grand Order looks like? Check out the trailer below:

While Fate/Grand Order is a giant success, it's not the only enormously successful mobile game. Take a look at some of these hugely successful titles:

Given just how successful mobile games can be, developers are shifting more and more resources towards mobile game development. While PC and console gaming aren't anywhere near dead, mobile is taking a larger and larger piece of the entire gaming industry.