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 PocketGamer.biz and around the web. Don't forget to keep up with the news throughout the week on the Asia section of our site.
Got any news leads about the Asia market you'd like to share? Email PocketGamer.biz senior editor Craig Chapple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Interested in practical advice about making games? Understanding the latest trends? Getting insights on monetisation techniques? Check out our full track rundown for Pocket Gamer Connects Hong Kong.
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.
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.
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.
3D motion tracking technology provider Xsens has opened a new office in China to support its growing business in the country.
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.
Market intelligence firm Apptopia has ranked the top 12 hyper-casual games publishers by download numbers worldwide.
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.
Singapore-based Pocketmath has promoted its chief financial officer to the top role.
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That Japanese games giant is quickly growing its premium online service for Nintendo Switch.
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.