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China mobile game market was worth $1.1 billion in Q3 2014 but growth is slowing

Down into double digit year-on-year

China mobile game market was worth $1.1 billion in Q3 2014 but growth is slowing

Recently released data shows that China's mobile gaming revenue growth - while high - is continuing to slow.

The figures, as shown in this graph from China Internet Watch and iResearch, show us that 2014 Q3's year-on-year revenue growth is a respectable 73 percent.

However, with year-on-year growth in Q1 and Q2 being 120 percent and 108 percent respectively, we can see that Q3 presents the most dramatic drop yet.

Growing market share

Interestingly, the data also reveals the role of mobile in the primarily PC-based online gaming sector.

The findings show that while online gaming revenues - around $4.5 billion in Q3 - were still primarily fuelled by PC games, mobile games in Q3 accounted for around 25 percent of overall revenue for the online gaming industry, totalling $1.1 billion.

The Chinese mobile games market is growing, but slower than before

And with the online gaming market growing at around 20 percent annually, mobile's share of Chinese gaming revenue will continue to grow in 2015.

[source: China Internet Watch]

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Matt is really bad at playing games, but hopefully a little better at writing about them. He's Features Editor for, and has also written for lesser publications such as IGN, VICE, and Paste Magazine.


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