China Online Games Overview June 11, 2009

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A 10 minute overview and history of China Online Games presented at the Beijing Startonomics Conference for Geeks on a Plane June 12

A 10 minute overview and history of China Online Games presented at the Beijing Startonomics Conference for Geeks on a Plane June 12

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  • 1. THE COMING CHINESE WAVE History, Overview and Trends of Online Games in China (in10 minutes) FRANK YU SHOUJI MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT
  • 2. BACKGROUND •Chinadotcom Ion Global (CDC) •Principal Researcher Wireless and Games •Microsoft Xbox (PC Games, Mac, Peripherals) •First Asia Regional Business Manager •Microsoft Research Asia •Researcher Asia Cnter for Interactive Design •MS IE 7 /MS Media Center •Program Manager •MS Casual Games •Producer / Started first game team in China •Shouji Mobile Entertainment •CSO/COO Columnist •Gamasutra (China Games) •South China Morning Post (Beijing Byte) •China Tech News •Asia Pacific Management Forum
  • 3. CHINA ONLINE GAME HISTORY  Only about 10 years old as an industry  Born from rampant piracy and low disposable income  Similar to Korea in industry development and market  3 Waves but all still operating  Licensing / Portals / Korean-Taiwanese Games  (2000-2003)  China MMORPGS / Communities (2003-2007)  Web Games/SNS (2007-Present)  China Online Games becoming mainstream media  Youth Media  Regulated
  • 4. KOREA AND CHINA GAME INDUSTRY  Korean/China MMORPGs hierarchical and structured  China /Korean follow 80/20 rule  China Game market regulated like Korea  Console ban  .PC type games and UI (one handed gaming so players can smoke)  China and Korea gamers love Blizzard  Starcraft, Warcraft, Diablo (1 and 2) and DOTA are all still favorites on LANs because they are well designed and free in Internet Café/Bangs. WoW benefited from player familiarity
  • 5. WAVE 1 LICENSED KOR-TWN MMORPGS  Subscription Service based  Localized and operated locally
  • 6. WAVE 1 PORTALS AND TRADITIONAL GAMES  Sohu (spun off online games unit twice)  Sina  Netease  Shanda  Kingsoft (China’s MS made no money on productivity software but profitable on games)
  • 7. WAVE 2 CASUAL GAME COMMUNITIES •Free to play •Monetization from avatars •And virtual goods
  • 8. WAVE 2 ADVANCED CASUAL •Free to Play •Virtual Items •Avatars •Special Levels •Appeals to women •Audition •Kart Rider
  • 9. WAVE 3 CHINESE ADVANCED CASUAL Chinese game companies have Created their own versions of Korean advanced casual games
  • 10. WAVE 3 CHINESE MMORPGS •Zhengtu Online shifted the industry •Online/ Offline Event based gaming •.Cafe Channel marketing and promotions •Designed to be addictive/gambling •Perfect World •Export MMORPGs tech/licenses •Blizzard/the9 •First to break ban on broadcast adv. •Western game design and backstory •Pre-paid cards
  • 11. WAVE 3 WEB GAMES / SOCIAL GAMES  Kaixin001  Parking wars  Friends for sale  Trevian & Clones  Browser vs. Client
  • 12. GOVERNMENT REGULATORS Main Overseers  Ministry of Culture  Ministry of Information Industry  General Administration of Press and Publications Also…  State Administration of Radio, Film and Television  Ministry of Commerce  Public Security Bureau JingJing and ChaCha Internet Cops
  • 14. TAKE AWAYS  Virtual transaction / avatars  Business model impacts game design  Games as Media and Social Facilitators  Games as FMCG consumables  Channel marketing  Online and offline events  Fill lifestyle role
  • 15. QUESTIONS Contact:    Twitter: Frankyu Thank you