Japan remains one of the hottest mobile games markets in the world, and in recent times the makeup of the sector has been changing.
According to an App Annie study, Japan’s mobile games revenues rose 35 per cent in 2017 and in doing so outpaced the US. So as mobile games developers look to the land of the rising sun for expansion, AppLovin MD International Johannes Heinze gave us the rundown of what’s going up in the Japanese mobile charts.
Second on our Hot Five was contributing editor and data maestro Jon Jordan’s peak into how mobile games companies stocks are looking in 2018 and how it differs from the same point in 2017.
WeChat, AdColony lays off staff and unicorn juggernauts
Elsewhere, internet goliath Tencent welcomed external developers to its mini-games platform on WeChat for the first time and offered up a 30 to 50 per cent share of revenue made from in-game advertisements.
Also on our Hot Five was the news that mobile ads firm AdColony had laid off a number of senior staff in a bid to become more profitable, and a guest post from Atomico partner Mattias Ljungman on why the European games industry is a “non-stop unicorn juggernaut".
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