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.
Clash of Clans developer Supercell has pulled its games from the App Store and Google Play in Vietnam due to infringing local regulations.
Tencent-owned developer Timi, which has developed games like PUBG: Full Ahead, is working on a new Pokemon title as part of the partnership with The Pokemon Company
Retro games streaming start-up Antstream Arcade has raised a “substantial” Series A funding round. The investment was led by Chinese publisher Tencent and also included backing from London-based venture firm Hambro Perks.
Animoca Brands-owned developer Pixowl has signed a non-exclusive licensing deal with MGM Interactive to make an Addams Family mobile game based on the upcoming animated film.
Mintegral is teaming up with Morketing to host a special ‘Hyper-casual games in East and West’ summit on August 1st during ChinaJoy.
Tencent is Nintendo’s official partner for the launch of the Switch in China. The presser could shed new light on the timeframe for such a release and what games might be available.
The conference and expo, hosted in association with Animoca Brands and Cyberport, pulled in the great and the good of the games industry from across the region - as well as overseas - with over 750 delegates registering in total from 45 countries.
Connect directly with the biggest players in the Asian market at G-STAR, the most accessible games event in the region. Busan, Korea, November 14th to 16th November. Register now here.