Smartphones Make up Half of Japan’s $10.8Bn Games Industry

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#1 Posted by Jag85 (11450 posts) -

Smartphones Make up Half of Japan’s $10.8Bn Games Industry

Smartphones Make up Half of Japan’s $10.8Bn Games Industry

by Emma McDonald

According to market-intelligence firm CyberZ, the Japanese games market was worth $10.8 billion in 2013, with smartphones accounting for half of all consumer spending on games.

Smartphones games generated $5.4 billion, a huge jump from the $3 billion, or 30% of the market, generated in 2012. Notably, this growth is coming from native apps which generated $3.2 billion last year, compared to browser games which made $2.3 billion. CyberZ anticipates this growth to continue with the smartphone market reaching $6.5 billion by 2014.

Last month, Japan was the number one country in terms of revenues generated on the iPhone and GooglePlay stores, according to Distimo & Newzoo.

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#2 Edited by SolidTy (49991 posts) -

As I've watched over the years, it seems Japan really loves their handhelds looking at sales over the years. Their appreciation for small handhelds on the island is evident when traveling on the rail transport systems as well.

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#4 Posted by Ribstaylor1 (2186 posts) -

I can see that being true. Japan does have the worlds most advanced mobile infrastructure in the world, and have for years been far more advanced in mobile phones and the networks that connect them.

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#5 Posted by BattleSpectre (7989 posts) -

**** Japan and their handheld market, bunch of casuals.

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#6 Edited by PS360Wii4eva (297 posts) -

Why is system wars all about discussing the news instead of original topics.

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#7 Posted by crimsonman1245 (4253 posts) -

@farrell2k said:

It's going to happen everywhere eventually. Mobile gaming with dominate in 10 years time. The consoles are selling less and less as new gamers are choosing mobile devices.

The PS4 and Xbox One are the highest selling consoles of all time at this point, the PS4 is shattering records. Candy Crush is not going to satisfy people's gaming needs, those are built for non-gamers who dont care about games.

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#8 Edited by Salt_The_Fries (12480 posts) -

That's really sad...But it's their lifestyle and their choice. Batman Arkham Knight will sell 5 copies there.

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#9 Posted by Netret0120 (3508 posts) -

Not surprising. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Batman and Final fantasy 15 struggle to sell more than 1 million copies there. Mobile gaming is taking over at an alarmingly rapid pace. Our smartphones will be as strong as our PS4's in a few years time.

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#10 Posted by FoxbatAlpha (10669 posts) -

They sound like great candidates for Microsofts AR VR glasses.

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#11 Edited by stationplay_4 (444 posts) -

@farrell2k said:

It's going to happen everywhere eventually. Mobile gaming with dominate in 10 years time. The consoles are selling less and less as new gamers are choosing mobile devices.

lol no console gaming isn't going anywhere

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#12 Edited by Nengo_Flow (10644 posts) -

and thats why console gaming is dying over there.

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#13 Posted by jsmoke03 (13697 posts) -

and it shows. their games back then were way better than now. consoles dont sell much anymore. when ps2 came out, japan was half the market, now i dont even think its a relevant territory to console makers unless you make handheld, which is nintendo

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#15 Posted by lundy86_4 (49044 posts) -

Handhelds have been huge in the country for a while, and phones are really booming. It's not that surprising.

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#16 Posted by Arach666 (23254 posts) -

@farrell2k said:

@crimsonman1245 said:

@farrell2k said:

It's going to happen everywhere eventually. Mobile gaming with dominate in 10 years time. The consoles are selling less and less as new gamers are choosing mobile devices.

The PS4 and Xbox One are the highest selling consoles of all time at this point, the PS4 is shattering records. Candy Crush is not going to satisfy people's gaming needs, those are built for non-gamers who dont care about games.

The highest selling console of all time is still the PS2. So the new consoles have both outsold it? Candy Crush's developer earns 800,000 per day from it. Do sony or Microsoft's gaming divisions make that much?

Fastest selling consoles,that´s what he meant.

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#17 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

What kind of casual you must be to play on a cellphone? Do not compute.

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#18 Edited by Jag85 (11450 posts) -
@farrell2k said:

@crimsonman1245 said:

@farrell2k said:

It's going to happen everywhere eventually. Mobile gaming with dominate in 10 years time. The consoles are selling less and less as new gamers are choosing mobile devices.

The PS4 and Xbox One are the highest selling consoles of all time at this point, the PS4 is shattering records. Candy Crush is not going to satisfy people's gaming needs, those are built for non-gamers who dont care about games.

The highest selling console of all time is still the PS2. So the new consoles have both outsold it? Candy Crush's developer earns 800,000 per day from it. Do sony or Microsoft's gaming divisions make that much?

The kind of revenues that cheap mobile apps are making is insane... Last year, Candy Crush Saga made over $1 billion (comparable to COD Ghosts), while Puzzle & Dragons made over $1.5 billion (comparable to GTA 5).

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#19 Posted by Shielder7 (5191 posts) -

LMAO so much for the "master disgrace" sales argument. We all practically know with the decline of PC hardware going over to tablets and MACs that those PC game sales figures were coming from somewhere else and that they were bundling it with smartphones and tablet games now here is proof.

Enjoy your tablet and indie games hermits because it's all you got left LoL LoL LoL ;)

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#20 Posted by Omega-316 (981 posts) -

lol yes because Angry Birds>>>>>>>>GTAV
rite?

Japan is a small nation with small people with small thoughts and small er thang. Who cares? The next gen consoles are breaking records. Blockbuster games>>>>>your casual phone crap.

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#21 Posted by VendettaRed07 (14012 posts) -

Smart phones are ruining the world.

Everyone is a zombie now. I make it a point now to not look at my phone when I go out, in fact I think I'm going to revert to a flip phone that does nothing other than call and text because literally anyone under 40 when they are met with a second of downtime on a train or in between classes is just staring at their phone. Nobody is doing anything meaningful on them either, just mindless browsing.

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#22 Edited by Jag85 (11450 posts) -

@Omega-316 said:

lol yes because Angry Birds>>>>>>>>GTAV

rite?

Japan is a small nation with small people with small thoughts and small er thang. Who cares? The next gen consoles are breaking records. Blockbuster games>>>>>your casual phone crap.

The problem is that cheap casual mobile apps like Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga, Puzzle & Dragons, etc. are making as much revenue as AAA games for only a tiny fraction of the budget and quality of your average AAA blockbuster. When a cheap mobile app like Puzzle & Dragons (which cost peanuts to develop) makes as much cash as GTA V (the most expensive game of all time), it's no surprise that so many Japanese developers are giving up on AAA gaming to chase after that smartphone gold. Not saying it's right or wrong, but that's just the way it is.

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#23 Posted by whiskeystrike (12172 posts) -

@VendettaRed07 said:

Smart phones are ruining the world.

Everyone is a zombie now. I make it a point now to not look at my phone when I go out, in fact I think I'm going to revert to a flip phone that does nothing other than call and text because literally anyone under 40 when they are met with a second of downtime on a train or in between classes is just staring at their phone. Nobody is doing anything meaningful on them either, just mindless browsing.

Meaningful? What's meaningful anyways? What can you possibly do on a 15 minute metro ride that could be considered meaningful?

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#24 Edited by KBFloYd (19567 posts) -

im sure there will be at least 1 console manufacturer forever....

whether it be sony/xbox/nintendo or someone else.

the market is too big.

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#25 Edited by TigerSuperman (4331 posts) -

@SolidTy said:

on the island

So then what do we call the land in the country that are actually Islands if the whole thing is now magically one island?

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#26 Edited by SolidTy (49991 posts) -

@TigerSuperman said:

@SolidTy said:

As I've watched over the years, it seems Japan really loves their handhelds looking at sales over the years. Their appreciation for small handhelds on the island is evident when traveling on the rail transport systems as well.

So then what do we call the land in the country that are actually Islands if the whole thing is now magically one island?

Geography wars.

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#27 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (23472 posts) -

People still think of games like Candy Crush when it comes to mobile games?

I see more than those nowadays. I should borrow my wife's Samsung tablet. Dead Space for Android should be free in the Samsung app store....I think.

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#28 Posted by foxhound_fox (97096 posts) -

@BattleSpectre said:

**** Japan and their handheld market, bunch of casuals.

No casual marries their DS: http://travel.cnn.com/tokyo/none/love-plus-scourge-takes-another-life-man-marries-video-game-687520

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#29 Posted by The_Stand_In (920 posts) -
@Shielder7 said:

LMAO so much for the "master disgrace" sales argument. We all practically know with the decline of PC hardware going over to tablets and MACs that those PC game sales figures were coming from somewhere else and that they were bundling it with smartphones and tablet games now here is proof.

Enjoy your tablet and indie games hermits because it's all you got left LoL LoL LoL ;)

What? Did this make sense to anybody? There is literally zero context for this comment...

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#30 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (23472 posts) -

Heck. Even flight sims are making their way into mobile gaming. Nice.

X-Plane and Aerofly FS. The graphics have been downgraded from the PC counterparts. But, they're still okay.

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#31 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (15883 posts) -

@farrell2k said:

It's going to happen everywhere eventually. Mobile gaming with dominate in 10 years time. The consoles are selling less and less as new gamers are choosing mobile devices.

Disagree.