● LINE messaging app ranked first in three categories
● LINE services that ranked among the highest-earning non-game apps in Japan in 2017: LINE (1st), LINE Manga (2nd), LINE MUSIC (4th), and LINE Play (7th)
TOKYO – February 9, 2018 – The recently published App Annie 2017 Retrospective report has named LINE Corporation the highest-earning non-game app publisher in Japan. The LINE messaging app also ranked first in three categories.
The annual report by App Annie provides a global overview and analysis of the major developments in mobile apps and games from the previous year, including global trends, country-based rankings and publisher rankings.
Link to 2017 Retrospective: https://www.appannie.com/en/insights/market-data/app-annie-2017-retrospective/
According to the report, LINE was the highest-earning non-game app publisher in Japan in 2017, and excluding games, achieved the highest revenue, monthly active users, and app downloads. Other LINE services that ranked among the highest-earning non-game apps in Japan in 2017 were LINE Manga in second place, LINE MUSIC in fourth place, and LINE Play in seventh place.
Further, LINE ranked fourth in the worldwide non-game publisher revenue ranking, and the LINE messaging app ranked fifth in the worldwide non-game app revenue ranking.
Comment from Takeshi Idezawa, Representative Director and CEO of LINE Corporation:
“It is a great honor to learn just how well our services are being received in Japan and across the world. Under our mission of ‘Closing the Distance,’ we will continue to provide services that strengthen the bonds and communication between users and the people that matter most in their lives.”
■2017 Top Publishers by Revenue in Japan (non-games)
LINE ranked first for combined iOS and Google Play app revenue in Japan.
■2017 Top Apps by Revenue in Japan (non-games)
For the combined annual iOS and Google Play non-game app revenue in Japan, LINE ranked first, LINE Manga second, LINE MUSIC fourth, and LINE Play seventh.
■2017 Top Apps by MAU in Japan (non-games)
LINE ranked first for having the most monthly active users among all iOS and Android non-game apps in Japan in 2017.
■2017 Top Apps by Downloads in Japan (non-games)
LINE ranked first for being the most downloaded app in 2017 out of all iOS and Android non-game apps in Japan.
■2017 Top Publishers by Revenue Worldwide (non-games)
LINE ranked fourth out of the top companies for worldwide combined iOS and Google Play app revenue.
■2017 Top Apps by Revenue Worldwide (non-games)
The LINE messaging app ranked fifth for worldwide combined iOS and Google Play non-game app revenue.
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