East Asian Software Developers Begin to Dominate App Market
All these years, mobile app markets have always been dominated by Western developers; Zynga and Microsoft for example. Those companies should start thinking about a way to step up their game, because according to the mobile app analyst company App Annie, some Japanese and South Korean software developers are now in the top app publishers with the biggest monthly revenue for iTunes Store & Google Play.
In the list released by App Annie, four Japanese app developers, Applibot, Square Enix, GungHo Online, and GREE are listed in the top 10 iOS app publishers. Meanwhile in the Android market, top three developers are taken by DeNa, COLOPL, and GungHo Online from Japan. Other Japanese developers, GREE and NAVER, end up on the 7th and 8th place. South Korean WeMade Entertainment and NextFloor complete the list by being on the 9th and 10th place. Overall, almost every developer in both lists is a game app publisher.
Next to those lists, App Annie also released a list of top game apps for iOS and Android markets. Asian developers once again showed a very impressive growth by dominating the Android game app market. What is more impressing, four of those game apps were created for the South Korean social network, Kakao.
iOS market, however, is still dominated by American and European developers. Eight out of ten top game apps were released by developers from the Western part of the world.
In related news, Gamenauts, game developer from San Fransisco has announced its plan to help independent developers in Asia to publish their mobile game apps. Earlier this year, Gamenauts has announced its cooperation with Malaysian game developers, Nerdook Productions and Kurechii Studio, before they partner up with Indonesian Menara Games, the developer of Ninja Fishing that has been downloaded more than 10 million times through iOS and Android devices.
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12 June 2013 / 13 June 2013