As the Covid-19 pandemic roars across the world, social distancing is driving up the development and expansion of mobile games. According to a report released by IDC, players have grown at an annual rate of 15% in the first half of 2020, while Newzoo estimates there will be 2.5 billion mobile game players worldwide by the end of 2020.
Tencent’s mobile game Honor of Kings generated over $240 million in total revenue in September, becoming the top revenue generator of worldwide mobile games, according to a report by Sensor Tower.
Bilibili has secured the rights to publish a mobile version of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, in China only, with four sets of custom gaming skins.
With in-game promotion and events, Chinese mobile game publishers saw surging revenues in May.
Tencent will increase the number of mobile games covered by its updated anti-addiction system to 80 by the end of May, and has been testing a new facial recognition system.
Tencent’s battle royale game PUBG Mobile recorded its best month yet in terms of overseas revenue, as lockdown orders continue to be enforced in many countries.
Bytedance has recently acquired the exclusive rights to distribute IP-based massive multiplayer online (MMO) mobile game NARUTO: Slugfest in China.
IP-based games created by Chinese gaming companies brought in 129.5 billion yuan in total revenue in 2019 on mobile platforms and are expected to generate 150.0 billion yuan in 2020.
Tencent and Yoozoo Games on Friday announced plans to launch mobile game studio Supercell’s hit 3V3 battle royale title Brawl Stars in China on June 9.
Mobile games created by Chinese studios continued their strong performance in the South Korean market in the first quarter of 2020.
Chinese game publishers Tencent and NetEase respectively dominated in first and second, while some other famous game developers such as FunPlus, Lilith, IGG, 37Games are also listed.
The mobile game industry has arguably become the biggest beneficiary of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Data from app analytic platform App Annie revealed that the number of mobile app downloads has surged during the first two weeks of February in the Chinese mainland market
Without further delay, here are our top 10 picks for Chinese mobile games that are flourishing overseas.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a massively popular Chinese mobile game developed by Tencent, was pulled from all app stores on May 9, and promptly replaced by a very similar, yet China-approved, 'Game for Peace'.