While the strong growth and domestic dominance of Chinese tech titans Alibaba and Tencent is no surprise to watchers of the Chinese market, these companies haven’t always received the attention they might deserve in the Western media. But that looks to be changing. On the heels of strong earnings announcements from both companies this week, the…Read More Chinese Giants Gaining Attention in Western Media
A new report from Newzoo (as reported by VentureBeat) shows the extreme growth of “hi-fi” mobile games. Unlike many earlier and contemporary titles, these games feature high quality graphics and sound, and are stretching the technical boundaries of mobile game development. According to the study, “In North America, the top grossing mobile games grew 8.5…Read More The Future of Mobile Gaming
Recently, we highlighted the top game genres in China. As part of our discussion, we noted that looking only at the most popular genres by number of games on the top grossing lists can mask the dominance of individual titles in genres where network effects or marketing challenges can offer near monopoly opportunities for the…Read More King of Glory Top MOBA in China
With China poised to become the world’s top games market this year, our publishing team there took a look at China’s top grossing game genres. Our goal was to identify “red ocean” and “blue ocean” opportunities for game developers looking to gain traction in the Chinese market. All data is from Apple’s App Store as of…Read More Top Mobile Game Genres in China
After a busy first half of 2017, mobile gaming M&A activity has moved from too-hot-to-touch to a still very warm simmer. Here’s our summary of recent mobile gaming M&A activity. The biggest recent news is Tencent’s rumored acquisition of Angry Birds developer Rovio, for an amount reported to be around $3 billion. There’s speculation that…Read More Mobile Gaming M&A News Roundup – June 23
With E3 2017 wrapped, we thought we’d share some thoughts on this year’s event based on our perspective and experience in China. First, a bit of history for our readers who may not be familiar with this event. E3, formally the “Electronic Entertainment Expo”, began in 1995 as a way for game developers and hardware…Read More E3 – Our Perspective from China
With the recent flurry of M&A activity around mobile gaming companies, we thought it might be interesting to take a look at our list of notable mobile games-related transactions from 2015 through June 2017. Why pick 2015 as a starting date? While the decision was somewhat arbitrary, there are two reasons we chose that year.…Read More List of Acquisitions of Mobile Game Companies in the West
It’s been a big couple of weeks for games investments. From Google’s acquisition of Owlchemy Labs to Softbank’s investment in game technology company Improbable, plus a host of other investments and publishing deals, game companies are starting to feel even hotter as investment targets. It’s no secret that much of this investment is being led…Read More Games M&A Heats Up: What’s Driving Recent Activity?
A recent gamesindustry.biz article discussing the increasing consolidation of the games business caught our attention. We wanted to share our thoughts on what this means for the games industry in China. The last couple of years have seen a wave of M&A activity in the games space. And, unlike the previous wave that happened in the…Read More Game Industry Consolidation – What it Means for the Chinese Market
China’s Joyme Group today announced it has opened a U.S. subsidiary, Joyme Capital, Inc., in Bellevue, WA. The main goal of the new office is to help western mobile game developers successfully introduce their games to the elusive, largest and fastest-growing gaming market in the world: China. Joyme Group’s Wiki app platform hosts China’s largest, most active community of more than 15 million mobile game players and 300,000 user-generated game guides.
Giving a keynote presentation at Seattle’s Mobile Games Forum (MGF), Joyme’s Chairman and CEO, Yang Chen (CY), spoke about the company’s desire to work side-by side with profitable western mobile game developers and help them succeed via cultural guidance…Read More Chinese Games Leader Joyme Expands to U.S. Creating On-Ramp for Western Mobile Game Developers