Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Chinese mobile game company Linekong goes public


Chinese famous mobile game developer and publisher Linekong went public in Hong Kong on Dec 30th, and is to raise over 720 million HKDs (about 93 million USDs).

Once a PC game company founded in 2007, Linekong turned totally to mobile games in April 2013, and then released two major mobile games - The Legend of King (王者之剑) and Sword of Heaven (苍穹之剑).

Thursday, December 25, 2014

App Store launches 8-yuan promotion, Infinity Blade III included

App Store has just launched a 8-yuan promotion about 20 hours ago for Chinese market, games including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Infinity Blade III, Terraria and Valiant Hearts: The Great War are all among the cut-price apps, and are now seeing significant rise of rankings.

Data from App Annie
This is another promotion after the 1-yuan one in November, and is also about apps made by companies outside of China. Apple’s new action will certainly improve acceptance and popularity of high-quality games and behavior of buying mobile games amid Chinese people.

We will wait and see if Chinese game companies will price their new products at 8 yuan, just like last time, to pretend to be one of the promoted apps, but 8 yuan might be a bit too high for their games.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Acquired Chinese mobile game companies probably to face broken dreams

A list of purchased Chinese mobile game companies was released by GPC today, along with their purchasers, purchase prices (left) and promised revenues (right) in 2015 and 2016.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Chinese mobile games and their IPs: One Step Away or Far Away?


Big Chinese director Jiang Wen's new film 一步之遥 (which means "One Step Away" while the official translation is "Gone with the Bullets") is still on, and as we reported before, a mobile game sharing the same name (made by 4399) was also released synchronously on Dec 18.

However, the gap between this game and its IP - the film is HUGE in all ways instead of "one step away", just like many other recent mobile games based on popular IPs in China.

Friday, December 19, 2014

App Store purges cheating Chinese games again

Apple begins a new round of purging cheating mobile games recently, some Chinese mobile games thus plunged in lists of App Store, including “Wukong and Diaochan” falling from 78th in Grossing list to 100th, and some are even expelled from the store, such as “Invincible Ninja”. Qins Moon 2, a RPG 3D game from Changyou once ranked 30s in Grossing, suddenly fell off the list.

Apple has been upgrading its algorithms of App Store time and again, but cannot radically eliminate rampant cheating behaviors by Chinese mobile game companies; an insider once pointed out in 2013 that 80% of the Top 100 games in App Store rose by cheating.

Based on report from Tencent Tech

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Report: Chinese mobile games revenue reaches 4.42 billion USD in 2014

GPC (China Game Publications Working Committee) released "Report on China’s Game Industry in 2014" recently, which shows that Chinese mobile gamers totals 358 million in 2014, up 15.1% over last year, and mobile game revenues reaches 27.49 billion RMB (4.42 billion USD), which increases by 144.6% year-on-year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tencent turning more attention to overseas mobile game developers


According to WSJ.com's report on Dec. 16th, Tencent, venture firm Greycroft Partners and others are investing $10 million into the New York-based game studio Playdots Inc.

"Every time we produce a game we will give them the option to publish. China is important and Tencent is by far the largest player in China," said Playdots co-founder and Chief Executive Paul Murphy.