According to the documents examined in the legal diatribe that saw Apple and Epic Games as protagonists, the Cupertino house saw an incredibly profitable year in the gaming sector in 2019.
According to reports from The Wall Street Journal, Apple has grossed profits from video game sales in excess of those of Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and Activision-Blizzard combined at the end of 2019. However, it is the Apple itself that specifies that the 8.5 billion of profits that are reported in the documents in question are not properly correct, and that the figure is too high here.
While taking this note into consideration, it seems quite evident that Apple draws a very significant economic advantage from the gaming sector. Epic Games has decided to report the iPhone house to the Antitrust and take it to court due to the 30% that Apple deducts for the sale of each product on its store, obviously including video games (including Nintendo productions such as Pokémon GO, Super Mario Run and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp). The proceeds are also devoid of the potential sales of a very popular game among young people like Fortnite, which could remain cut off from the Apple Store for several years.
Finally, it should be borne in mind that Apple has placed almost 200 million iPhones in 2020 alone, and it goes without saying that such considerable revenues come from such an extensive installed base.