TikTok becomes first non-game app to rake in $10Bn in cumulative user spends

In Q4 2022, TikTok became the second non-gaming app to reach over $6 billion in consumer spending.  And now, TikTok has taken the crown of the first app to generate over $10 billion in consumer spending. The social media platform added more than $4 billion this year to achieve the milestone, with the year yet to complete.

It generated all of that money through virtual coins that users use to buy gifts on the short-form video app. These coins, available through in-app purchases (IAPs), are used by users to buy virtual gifts for content creators.  In turn, creators can exchange these gifts for virtual diamonds and convert them into real currency. TikTok retains half the payout amount that goes to the creators. The most popular IAP, according to Data.ai (formerly AppAnnie), is the $19.99 bundle of 1,321 coins, constituting about a quarter of TikTok’s IAP revenue. One TikTok coin is worth around 1.5 cents. 

The numbers drawn in for consumer spending display a 61% growth and mark a spot for the ByteDance-owned platform among the mobile apps that have surpassed $10 billion as their gross revenue. Candy Crush Aga, Honor of Kinds, Monster Strike and Clash of Clans sit at the top along with TikTok. Candy Crush Saga by Activision Blizzard remains at the top with more than $12 billion generated. 

The majority of TikTok’s revenue comes from the US and China. It is a tie between the two nations. Each of the nations has generated around 30% of TikTok’s revenue to date. These nations are closely followed by Saudi Arabia, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan. 

Apps like Instagram have tried to replicate the TikTok formula by introducing short video content on their platforms, but TikTok has still come out on top. Another report by Data.ai, formerly AppAnnie, suggested that TikTok was not even listed among the top 100 apps by consumer spending in any year until 2020. TikTok captured the global market after its merger with Musical.ly in 2017. ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company spent nearly $1 billion to acquire musical.ly. 

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