Monthly Archives: May 2013

Smartphone Mobile Internet Users in China

By | May 31st, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

The use of smartphones is increasing wildly in China, with now at least 330 million smartphone-based mobile Internet users in the country. While Apple's market share is reportedly only 14.6% of the market, Niko's interviews with companies in China indicate that about 1/3 of smartphones accessing games run iOS. Turns out that's only 14.7% of smartphone [...]

Newzoo Report on Global Games Market

By | May 30th, 2013|Categories: China|

Newzoo will release a report on the global games market that says there will be $20.5 billion spent on PC online games in 2013 globally. Based on Niko's own forecast for China's PC online games market of $11.9 billion for 2013, it seems that China will make up 58% of the total PC online games market [...]

Chinese Mobile Market on Track for Sharp Growth

By | May 29th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

Some mobile games have surpassed more than 100 million RMB in revenue in a year, including Temple Run, Cut the Rope, and on the path is I'm MT, Space-time Hunter and more. Android games generate two times as much revenue as iOS, but there are at least two times as many Android phones than there are [...]

RIFT Goes Free-to-Play

By | May 24th, 2013|Categories: Shanda|

At Niko Partners, we have watched the free-to-play (F2P) business model continue its global domination as Trion's RIFT is the latest big MMOG to convert into an F2P game. RIFT is operated in China by Shanda. Shanda is the online game operator who boldly proclaimed in late 2006 that most of its online games would convert [...]

Tencent’s North America Layoffs

By | May 23rd, 2013|Categories: China, Tencent|

The reduction in staff of Tencent's North American operations indicates a change in strategy for expansion to the West, but as it impacts only 20 people or so, the move is not as noteworthy as indicated in some of the press accounts after the announcement. In fact, Tencent might be acknowledging the global decline in social [...]

82 Million Smartphones Shipped in China Q1

By | May 22nd, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

New data by Canalys, as related by Tech in Asia, says that there were 82 million smart phones shipped in Q1 in China. Shipments do not equal units sold but it is a good measure anyway, and those 82 million were on top of the more than 200 million already in use in China before Q1. [...]

Baidu Acquires PPStream

By | May 17th, 2013|Categories: China|

Online video is a hot segment in China, with many competitors in a fragmented market. Niko tracks online video usage in I-cafés in our Monthly Chinese I-Café Games/SNS/Online Video Data service. Baidu is a market leader, and the company has a video platform called iQiyi. Baidu recently announced the acquisition of PPStream to merge into iQiyi. [...]

Over 60 Chinese Games Exported Overseas in 2012

By | May 16th, 2013|Categories: ChangYou, China|

The Ministry of Culture, one of the primary regulatory bodies for China's video game industry, recently reported that Chinese games companies exported 66 domestically developed online games to the tune of $587 million in revenue in 2012. The export leader was 7 Road, owned by ChangYou, pulling in 100 million RMB ($16 million) in 2012 and [...]

China Telecom to Build Mobile Gaming Platform

By | May 15th, 2013|Categories: China, China Telecom, Mobile Game Industry|

According to a report in Marbridge Daily, China Telecom plans to launch a "light gaming interactive entertainment platform" within its gaming portal named e-Game. It will include direct billing and third-party platform billing for developers. It will support developer partners with many resources. The E-Game portal currently has more than 120 million users with 30 million [...]

Amazon Launches App Store in China

By | May 10th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

Amazon launched their Android app store in China for distribution of paid and free apps over the weekend. This came as a surprise to all who read the announcement and saw the news about it. Amazon will face competition from more than 500 other Android app stores there already, but that market is clearly ripe for [...]