Week in Review: Mobile game revenues grew to $12.2 billion in Q2, Gambit eSports won the PGL Krakow Majors over Immortals, Nintendo revenues surged nearly 150% due to Switch demand
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- Mobile game revenues grew 32% to $12.2 billion in Q2 as Asian titles surged, according to mobile measurement firm Sensor Tower. Mobile game downloads on iOS and Google Play were a combined 9.2 billion, up 19% from 7.7 billion a year earlier. Asian titles, such as Tencent’s “Honor of Kings,” accounted for five of the top 10 highest earning mobile games. These numbers show that mobile gaming continues to grow faster than other game markets, despite its huge size. (VentureBeat)
- A “Pokémon GO” event in Chicago generated a lot of hype, but had unfortunate results. The sold-out event in Chicago’s Grant Park to celebrate its first anniversary turned into an issue this past Saturday when spotty cellular coverage and other technical snags prevented some fans from logging into the game. Niantic apologized to the thousands of attendees and promised them a full refund for their tickets. Attendees also received $100 in Pokécoins and their very own Lugia, the first of the legendary Pokémon. (USA Today, TechCrunch)
- China’s pro eSports market will hit $1.26 billion in 2017, according to a new report from Niko Partners. The report estimates that there will be more than 200 million eSports fans in China by the end of the year. Revenue from China’s mobile eSports tournaments are projected to reach $9.5 million, up almost 4x from $2.5 million in 2016. (VentureBeat)
- The New Blood Championships is bringing an amateur “Dota” league to Southeast Asia. A joint venture between Southeast Asian eSports organizations Purpose Win Entertainment Limited and Fallout Gaming, the tournament will take place in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Professional players with a prior “Dota 2” background will be ineligible to play. The finals, which will take place in Jakarta, will involve eight teams fighting for a $25,000 prize pool. (Dot eSports)
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