Latest News:  


A golden age for gaming on the go

By Gao Yuan  (China Daily)

07:53, May 06, 2013

A woman playing an online game on a tablet PC as a man watches. Game developers and distributors in China are searching for ways to attract more people to download gaming apps after estimates that the turnover of the mobile gaming market could hit 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion) by 2015. Provided to China Daily

Developers plan more games and different platforms as demand peaks

Protecting her carrot from the hordes of monsters who want to eat it is the foremost challenge for 24-year-old Hannah Liu, a financial magazine editor, as she wades her way through Carrot Fantasy, a popular tower defense game developed by a Chinese startup company, during the hour-long daily subway ride to her office in downtown Beijing.

Liu is just one of many who are playing Carrot Fantasy in China, with its download numbers on the Android operating system alone reaching 20 million by March, according to information provided by software company Qihoo 360 Technology Co.

Mobile gaming is one of the fastest growing sectors in China, with estimates indicating that the sector could clock up turnover in excess of 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion) by 2015. That in turn, is sweet music for developers and mobile gaming software makers in China as statistics indicate that more than 32 percent of the total time spent by a consumer on mobile devices is for gaming purposes. Social networking apps came a close second at 24 percent in the market survey conducted by IT market research firm Flurry Analytics.

"The thriving mobile game sector has fueled the growth of China's smartphone market with mobile game users exceeding 250 million in the fourth quarter of last year," the Beijing-based Internet research company Analysys International said in a recent report.

Earlier this year, China overtook the United States as the world's biggest market for active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, the Flurry study said. China had about 246 million smart interactive devices, including mobile phones and tablets, by the end of February, it said.

Smartphones based on the Android system continued to be the most used gaming devices in China, according to Analysys International.

Although gaming revenue on the Android platforms increased dramatically in 2012, it still lagged behind Apple Inc's iOS, its long-time competitor, in terms of revenue generating ability.

"The iOS is the most preferred platform for game developers because for every $1 earned on iOS, developers can expect to earn only about 24 cents on Android," said David Liu, founder and CEO of gaming company RedAtoms Inc.

【1】 【2】 【3】

We Recommend:

Top 10 biggest Chinese companies 2013

Housewives' gold rush keeps price from falling

Models pose for Fuzhou Auto Fair

Antique auto show kicks off in New York

China's CAS to buy 60 Airbus planes

2013 Tianjin auto show kicks off

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:WangXin、Chen Lidan)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Frigate Yueyang commissioned for S China Sea fleet

  2. Long March 2-F rocket reaches launch center

  3. Orthodox Good Friday marked in Jerusalem's old city

  4. Migratory birds at Shahu Lake area in NW China

  5. Old photos to recall memories

  6. Self-defense martial art popular in Beijing

  7. 'Splendour of the French Table' exhibits in HK

  8. May 4 Youth Day Music Festival held in Hong Kong

  9. Investors shake off speculation of new listings

  10. Bamboo's alchemic ability

Most Popular


  1. Young Chinese face hard road to happiness
  2. Commentary: Abe walks on dangerous path
  3. Celebrity diving show 'excessive': People's Daily
  4. China Voice: Salute builders of the "Chinese dream"
  5. Any future peace deal to be put to referendum
  6. Ancient Chinese tower tests classic literature buffs
  7. Why do U.S. officials visit China in succession?
  8. What does China’s development mean to world?

What’s happening in China

Brazilian self-defense martial art gains popularity in Beijing

  1. One-third of adults have high blood pressure
  2. Crowd funding fueling creative projects in China
  3. Rain predicted for SW China quake zone
  4. Celebrities to be punished for unsafe food ads
  5. Three dead in knife attack in downtown Beijing