East Meets West: DOCOMO invests $280m in Magic Leap, the Middle East's growing games market, and Let's Hunt Monsters a top grosser in China

Keeping up with the news from the world's most influential games market

East Meets West: DOCOMO invests $280m in Magic Leap, the Middle East's growing games market, and Let's Hunt Monsters a top grosser in China

The Asia market has become the most lucrative and influential region in the global mobile games industry.

Companies in countries such as Japan, South Korea and China are highly successful at home and are increasingly expanding around the world through global game releases, international partnerships and M&A. These markets also offer lucrative opportunities for Western publishers.

To give you a deeper insight into this key region, each week we’re rounding up all the news from and around the web. Don't forget to keep up with the news throughout the week on the Asia section of our site.

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You can gain more insights into the Asia markets on the East Meets West track at Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle, which takes place on May 13th to 14th. PGC will be heading to Hong Kong on July 17th to 18th. We're also hosting a free London-based 'East Meets West' mini-summit for the games industry on Wednesday, May 29th in association with Mintegral.

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Maysalward CEO: “The Middle East market is a key player in the mobile industry”

Ahead of appearing as a speaker at Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle, we caught up with Maysalward CEO Nour Khrais about the latest developments in the Middle East and how the region's games industry has grown substantially.

Japanese mobile operator DOCOMO invests $280 million in Magic Leap

Mixed reality start-up Magic Leap has now brought its funding to date up to $2.6 billion with this latest investment, which also sees DOCOMO become the exclusive telecommunications partner for the headset in Japan.

Google is wiping a Chinese developer with half a billion installs off the face of the Play store

Chinese developer DO Global, which boasts half a billion installs, has had 46 of its apps and games delisted from Google Play after apparently violating Play and ad product policies.

Dutch 3D tracking tech developer Xsens opens new office in Shanghai

3D motion tracking technology provider Xsens has opened a new office in China to support its growing business in the country.

Animoca Brands is partnering up with global venture accelerator Brinc

The partnership sees a mutual investment of $750,000 in shares, while Animoca and Australian VC firm Artesian are also pumping a further $750,000 each into Brinc subsidiary Brinc AOA.

Voodoo outpaces hyper-casual rivals with 771 million downloads in six months

Market intelligence firm Apptopia has ranked the top 12 hyper-casual games publishers by download numbers worldwide.

Synative’s revolutionary playable ad tech is like Google’s stadia for mobile

Synative offers a cloud-based gaming technology that can stream small, playable games to mobile devices, rather than utilising HTML5 technology as many rivals do.

Mobile ad tech firm Pocketmath appoints Joanne Joynson-Hewlett as CEO

Singapore-based Pocketmath has promoted its chief financial officer to the top role.

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Nintendo Switch online subscriptions reach 9.8 million in six months

That Japanese games giant is quickly growing its premium online service for Nintendo Switch.

Weekly global mobile games charts: Clean Road cleans up in the UK in a strong week for SayGames

Tencent's new release, the blockchain-based Pokemon Go-like Let's Hunt Monsters, was the fourth top grossing game for the week of April 5th on the Chinese App Store.

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Craig Chapple is a freelance analyst, consultant and writer with specialist knowledge of the games industry. He has previously served as Senior Editor at, as well as holding roles at Sensor Tower, Nintendo and Develop.