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 at Pocket Gamer Connects Hong Kong on July 17th to 18th.
We caught up with Konami senior producer Kenichi Kataoka following the two-year anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links to discuss how it supports the highly popular game.
Early Bird savings end up June 6th, so there's still time to grab a discount for the first-ever PGC Hong Kong.
Roblox has been expanding its online experience in the region, with the new agreement looking to accelerate the process further.
Europe's biggest consumer games expo is heading to Singapore for the first time in 2020.
An intriguing deal between Chinese developer Drodo Studios and publisher Dragonest has resulted in the soft launch of Auto Chess on mobile, based on one of Steam's most popular games, DOTA Auto Chess.
The Ministry of Welfare has sided with parents groups in supporting the classification. However, the Ministry of Culture has launched an emergency panel in opposition to this support.
Honor of Kings is China's biggest game, but it has struggled to gain traction in the West under the name Arena of Valor. Tencent has now effectively pulled the plug on the game in the region altogether.
Moonton's own mobile MOBA Mobile Legends has found greater success in the US than Tencent's Arena of Valor, picking up $5.8 million in the country in Q1 2019.
The proposed list of imported goods facing increased tariffs includes video game consoles and machines, coin-operated arcade machines, and parts related to the operation of coin-operated arcade games.
Nintendo revealed a new Detective Pikachu game for Nintendo Switch, a mobile and Switch app called Pokemon Home, smartphone app Pokemon Sleep, and mobile game Pokemon Masters in partnership with DENA.
Tencent took the top three grossing spots on the App Store with Honor of Kings, Game for Peace and Perfect World.