16 Sep Mobile Gaming Roundup CHINA – 09/16/2016
E-Sports Degree in China| Big $ in China’s mobile game market | Tencent x MIT partnership
China’s Ministry of Education announced that 13 new programs will be available and officially state certified to all universities/colleges in 2017. Among them, the most surprising one is ‘E-Sports Competition and Management’. With E-Sports hitting mainstream, this effectively changed the lives of many once labelled as “sick teenagers with gaming addictions”. The most successful players gained fame and prosperity as the E-Sports industry grew into it’s current form. Now, with recognition from China’s Ministry of Education, teenagers can pursue their dreams by studying the art of E-Sports and push the industry to new heights.
In a recent report released by iiMedia Research, Chinese mobile gaming market size reached $3.47 Billion and is showing a slow growth rate compared to 2015. With the success of IP based mobile games, such as Fantasy Westward Journey and Qiàn Nǚ Yōu Hún, major CPs jumped onto producing mobile games based on major IPs. Despite this trend, industry experts warn that CPs need to put focus onto providing an enjoyable experience for players. Without quality, it will only harm the reputation of both the CPs and the IPs.
The report also mention the huge potentials of VR in China. 80.9% of the interviewee expressed interests in VR games and 75.4% are willing to spend on VR games.
Recently, Tencent interactive and MIT Game Lab announced a strategic partnership between the two institutions to launch a game research lab, Ludus. By leveraging on the influence Tencent interactive has, Ludus wishes to influence the highly creative and motivated young generation to create value through games.
Top Games on Sept 16, 2016 (iPhone, China)
Top 3 Free iOS apps
- Snake Battle
- Hero MOBA
- Yīn Yáng Shī (RPG; Full Japanese voice acting; LBS interactive elements; Ancient Japanese fantasy settings)
Top 3 Paid iOS apps
- Dà Dà Dà Luàn Dòu (ARPG; Fantasy setting)
- Lián Zhǎn Wú Shuāng (ARPG; Ancient Chinese fantasy setting)
- Bào Zǒu Dà Luàn Dòu (ARPG; Marvel licensed; fantasy world setting)
Top 3 Grossing iOS apps
- Fantasy Westward Journey
- Hero MOBA