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RPG Title Dragon Quest Champions Hits $10 Million in Revenue in Two Weeks

Square Enix’s latest turn-based RPG, Dragon Quest Champions, has achieved a major milestone by surpassing $10 million in revenue within the first two weeks of its release. Analytics company Sensor Tower reported that the game generated around $12 million in revenue by the end of June. Dragon Quest Champions is a mobile spin-off of the popular Dragon Quest franchise featuring a real-time PVP mode that allows players to participate in tournaments with up to 50 other users. What sets this mode apart from battle royale gameplay is the maintenance of turn-based combat, leveling the playing field for players who are not familiar with the genre.

Early Success and Rankings

Dragon Quest Champions had a strong start, debuting as the 17th top-earning game in Japan on its release day and steadily climbing the rankings. It remained in the top 10 for twelve days between June 13 and June 30. In terms of revenue growth, the game emerged as the second most profitable mobile game in Japan in June, only surpassed by Fate Grand/Order. Additionally, Dragon Quest Champions claimed the number one spot for the most downloaded game in Japan and stayed within the top three for nine days.

A Rising Competitor

The game ranked second in terms of Square Enix’s overall mobile revenue share during its release month, accounting for 32% of the company’s mobile revenue. Only Dragon Quest Walk, another game in Square Enix’s portfolio, exceeded this with a 36% share. Dragon Quest Walk is already one of the top-performing mobile titles in Japan and significantly contributes to Square Enix’s mobile business. However, the release of Dragon Quest Champions precedes the highly anticipated launch of Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, which will undoubtedly captivate fans as Square Enix continues to expand into the mobile market.

It’s important to note that Japan, being one of the largest gaming markets globally, has traditionally been slower to embrace mobile technology. Therefore, mobile games based on existing intellectual properties, whether adaptations or spin-offs, can help onboard new users and introduce them to mobile gaming.

We previously recognized Square Enix as one of the top 50 mobile game makers of 2022. Stay tuned as we unveil our updated list for 2023 in the upcoming months.