A Primer Survey of Chinese Mobile Games

Barry Ip, Xianhui Che

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This article provides introductory insight into and an evaluation of the nature and current composition of the Chinese mobile games market. We conducted research to explore the subtle yet prevalent distinctions in game genre classifications in China, and we examined game rankings as an indication of the sorts of titles that are popular in the region. Further insights are offered into the leading distribution platforms that host mobile games, representing a unique characteristic of the Chinese market. Finally, the paper offers further analysis of mobile games via a three-step model that considers attracting new players, gamer retention, and revenue generation. The outcomes of this work provide potentially valuable and practical insights into the characteristics and operation of Chinese mobile games.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17–37
Number of pages21
JournalAsiascape: Digital Asia
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Chinese games
  • game genres
  • game market
  • mobile games


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