Chinese Games Industry Makes $9.7 Billion USD In 2012
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That's not a typo. The games industry in China has grown a total of 35.1%, resulting in an estimated revenue of 9.7 billion dollars. Yes, that number is in American dollars.  

So where does all this revenue come from? TechWeb has the answer: online games. Out of the total 60.28 billion yuan (which converts to 9.7 billion American dollars), 56.96 billion came from China's online game market. That's almost 95% of their revenue coming from online games. 

 

 

To round out the remaining revenue, 5.4% came from mobile gaming, and 0.1% came from "single game market sales," which sounds a lot like picking up a game at retail. The biggest moneymaker came from "client online game revenue," making 45.12 billion yuan. 

If this isn't proof that the future of gaming is through digital distribution, then I don't know what is.

by Jake Valentine
01/10/2013 04:05PM

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