Opportunities in Russian online game market

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Opportunities in Russian online game market

  1. 1. Opportunities in the Russian Online Game Market Sergey Orlovskiy President of Nival Group sergey.orlovskiy@nival.com
  2. 2. Mini BioFounder, Chairman and President of Nival Group, a leadingRussian game developer, publisher and operatorSince 1996 was an executive producer for more than 15games for international markets, including:– Blitzkrieg– Silent Storm– Heroes of Might and Magic V– Allods Online– Prime WorldTotal sales for internally developed games: over 5 mln units +over 1 mln online
  3. 3. Country Overview (2008) US EU Korea Russia Ex- Brazil China India USSRArea, mln sq km 9.8 4.3 0.1 17.0 22.4 8.5 9.6 3.3Population, mln 307 492 48 140 280 199 1339 1166Internet users, mln 223 247 36 32 58 50 253 80Internet users, % 73% 50% 75% 23% 21% 25% 19% 7%GDP per capita 47,000 33,400 26,000 15,800 11,000 10,100 6,000 2,800(PPP), USDGDP growth 1.3% 1.0% 2.5% 6.0% 4.9% 5.2% 9.8% 6.6%
  4. 4. Game market segments, mln $14001200 Social1000 Casual 800 Mobile 600 Console 400 Online 200 PC 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 (est) 2011 (est)
  5. 5. Online market segments, mln $250200 Client Sub150 Client F2P Browser F2P100 Social 50 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 (est) 2011 (est)
  6. 6. Internet and Gamers (2010) Gamers per Average Internet Users, Gamers, Internet Users, Market share, Connection, mln mln % gamers kbit/sMoscow 6.1 2.2 36% 35% 7680St. Petersburg 2.7 0.9 33% 14% 61141M+ Cities (9) 8.8 1.5 17% 24% 410100K+ Cities 15.8 1.3 8% 21% dial-upOther 5.8 0.35 6% 6% dial-up
  7. 7. Key Internet Portals• Yandex – Search Engine• Mail.ru – Entertainment Portal (DST)• Vkontakte – Social Network (DST)• Google – Small US company • Odnoklassniki – Social Network (DST)• Rambler – Search Engine/Entertainment Portal
  8. 8. Free to Play• Low disposable income• No credit cards• No prepaid cards• No budgeting habits• High RMT tolerance (some users pay over $1000 a month)• Claim to like subscription (64%)• Tend to use free-to-play (82%)
  9. 9. UAC and CLV, per active user• Free to Play User Acquisition Costs: $1-3• Social UAC: $0.1-0.4(excluding virality and inter-game promotions)• Free to Play Customer Lifetime Value: $10-30• Social CLV: $1-2
  10. 10. Payment Solutions 5% 1% 11% Terminals Yandex.Money19% Webmoney SMS Credit Cards 64%
  11. 11. Terminals (over 200,000) 11
  12. 12. IDC and Hosting• Moscow is a must• No traffic and bandwidth costs• High colocation costs• IDC shortage and power supply issues• Expensive equipment (import taxes)• Lack of leasing• High anti-cheating protection is a must 12
  13. 13. Government Regulations• No regulations, yet (no tax on virtual goods, no time restrictions, no ID checks, no age checks)• Introduction of rating system in 2010• Skolkovo• Considered as strategic industry• Special GR skills• Chinese experience 13
  14. 14. Exhibitions and Conferences 14
  15. 15. Key Game Developers• Nival• Mail.ru• 1C-Softclub• Gaijin• Wargaming.net
  16. 16. Key Online Game Operators• Mail.ru• Innova• Nival• Syncopate• Destiny Development• Nikita
  17. 17. Key Social Game Operators• I-Jet• Mail.ru• Creara• Ciliz Co• Plarium• Drimmi
  18. 18. Key Retail Publishers/Distributors• 1C-Softclub• Noviy Disk• Akella
  19. 19. Top Client-based, Free to Play• Perfect World (Mail.ru, Perfect World)• Allods Online (Mail.ru)• Lineage II (Innova, NCSoft)• Cabal Online (Nival, ESTSoft)• Rappelz (Nikita, Gala Lab)
  20. 20. Top Client-based, Subscription• World of Warcraft (Blizzard)• Aion (Innova, NCSoft)• Lord of the Rings Online (Mail.ru, Turbine)• Warhammer Online (EA, Mythic)• Age of Conan (1C, Funcom)
  21. 21. Top Browser-based, Free to Play• Legend: Legacy of the Dragons (Mail.ru)• Botva Online (Destiny Development)• Carnage (Carnage)• Three Kingdoms (Mail.ru)• Korolevstvo (Skazka)
  22. 22. Top Social Games• Happy Farmer (I-Jet)• Territory of Farmers (Creara)• Happy Farm (I-Jet)• Legend: Legacy of the Dragons (Mail.ru)• Megalopolis (Creara)
  23. 23. Market Saturation• Need for innovation• Need for high production values• “Innovative blockbusters”• Balancing portfolio• Combination of self-developed and licensed games• International exchange
  24. 24. Future Trends• The largest market in Europe• Low disposable income• No console experience• Free-to-play is dominating• High tolerance to micro-transactions• Growing broadband penetration and userbase• High Internet monopolization• High GR barrier• Government regulations are coming
  25. 25. Future Trends• Market saturation• Balanced PvP (East) vs PvE (West)• Client-based and Social games growing• Browser-based games migrating to 3D (Unity3D)• Session-based (Dancing, FPS, Strategy) emerging• Chinese/Korean content dominating• US/European content emerging• Raising Customer Acquisition Costs
  26. 26. Best Strategies• Find partner with “chemistry”• Use licensing deals for security (LF + MG + 25% Royalty)• Use partnership deals for maximizing profits (no LF, no MG, 50% Royalty)• Keep great and open relations
  27. 27. Perfect World case studyStudy Perfect World: Case• #1 Client-based game in Russia• Free to play• Low system specs• Asian style is not an issue• Community• Real girls!
  28. 28. Perfect World Case Study• #1 Client-based game in Russia• Timing• Free to play• Low system specs• Asian style is not an issue• Community• Real girls!
  29. 29. Miss Perfect World Contest 29
  30. 30. Allods Online: Case Study
  31. 31. Allods Online Case Study• First Russian AAA game• $12 mln budget• Free to play• Strong USP• Familiar, but innovative• Deep focus on local market• International appeal
  32. 32. Prime World: MMORTS
  33. 33. Prime World: East and West
  34. 34. Prime World: Session-based
  35. 35. Prime World: Persistent castle development
  36. 36. Prime World: Integration with social networks
  37. 37. Prime World: Gameplay features for girls
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