SuperData’s latest report is out. Several predictions are included, but the one that stands out most is the prediction that “Chinese companies will scoop up 1-2 western publishers a month from here on.” The prediction comes just over a week after it was announced that Jagex may be acquired by a Chinese mining company called Shandong Hongda. The full quote is as follows.
Chinese companies will scoop up 1-2 western publishers a month from here on. The lesson to be drawn from Chinese mining company Shandong Hongda (600532.SS) in talks to buy RuneScape developer Jagex for $300 million is that it will happen again. The reason: China’s industrial firms are aggressively diversifying as the country’s economic growth slows. Western firms like Jagex allow Chinese companies to expand into new industries and regions. While the 15-year-old RuneScape does not have the mindshare it once did, remaining players continue to spend, and the browser-based MMO earned $6.2 million last month. On March 23, Jagex also released the open beta for Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, the company’s first entry in the $1.3B digital collectible card game market. Given the higher valuation of tech companies in China’s current market, we anticipate several more acquisitions to follow in the months to come.
Who do you think will be scooped up next?
As with every one of SuperData’s reports, the report has unveiled the top-grossing titles from last month. I have included a selection of the results below.
Top Grossing Free-to-play MMO Games by Revenue, February 2016
|#1 League of Legends||Riot Games|
|#2 Crossfire||Neowiz Games|
|#3 Dungeon Fighter Online||Nexon|
|#4 World of Tanks||Wargaming|
|#5 Dota 2||Valve|
Top Grossing Pay-to-play MMO Games by Revenue, February 2016
|#1 World of Warcraft||Activision Blizzard|
|#2 Lineage I||NCSoft|
|#3 TERA||En Masse Entertainment|
|#4 Star Wars: The Old Republic||Electronic Arts|
|#5 Blade and Soul||NCSoft|
Top Grossing Mobile Games by Revenue, February 2016
|#1 Clash of Clans||Supercell|
|#2 Game of War: Fire Age||Machine Zone|
|#3 Candy Crush Saga||Activision Blizzard|
|#4 Monster Strike||Miki|
|#5 Puzzle and Dragons||GungHo|