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An Update about the China Mobile Game Market (Reports)

by Mantin Lu on 03/15/16 03:20:00 pm   Expert Blogs   Featured Blogs

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As we are moving right to the end of Q1 2016, it is time to review the China mobile game market. TalkingData released its latest report discussing China mobile game industry benchmark of January 2016. Here I will demonstrate some of the data from the report to deliver a general picture of China mobile game market to date, and make a comparison with the December 2015 one to show some insight of the trend in the market.

Basically, the China mobile game market didn’t change too much. The pay rate of mobile RPG on both Android and iOS platforms increased slightly through January 2016. The top one game genre of pay rate still goes to RPG, which increased around 0.03 percentage point compared to December 2015 on Android. On iOS, RPG also shows an increase of 0.02 percentage point.


Pay rate of China mobile game genres, January 2016 (Source: TalkingData, 2016)


One of the most important metrics in mobile game operation is DAU/MAU. The most rapid growth of DAU/MAU falls to Card Game on iOS platform, with increased approximately 30.8% compared to December 2015. Android platform shows a flatter trend of growth on Puzzle Game, Strategy Game, and Casual Game; each incerased 9.1%, 8.3%, and 12.5%.


Average DAU/MAU of China mobile game genres on iOS, January 2016 (Source: TalkingData, 2016)


Chess Game, took over Puzzle Game in December 2015, ranks top on monthly active users for Android, and Casual Game keeps its leading position on iOS. Compared to the monthly active users in December 2015,the trend shows a 3.31 percentage point growth for Chess Game on Android and a 1.80 percentage point decrease for Casual Game on iOS.


Monthly active users of China mobile game genres, January 2016 (Source: TalkingData, 2016)


Day-one retention remains stable for most of the mobile game genres with a fluctuation within 10% on both of the platforms.


Day-one retention of China mobile game genres on iOS, January 2016 (Source: TalkingData, 2016)


For the peak time spent on each game genre, RPG is the only genre which shows a slight increase on both platforms compared to December 2015. On the other hand, Android platform has three genres increased on their peak time spent, including Strategy Game, Casual Game and RPG, with RPG ranks the top of the peak time spent chart.


Peak time spent of China mobile game genres on iOS (in seconds), January 2016 (Source: TalkingData, 2016)


By comparing the January 2016 and December 2015 reports from TalkingData, there wasn't any dramatic change of the China mobile game space. It reassured my point of view about RPG and Action Games will dominate the mobile game market in 2016. You can check out my previous blog post here*.


You can download the original January 2016 China Mobile Game Benchmark report here.

You can download the original December 2015 China Mobile Game Benchmark report here.

RPG and Action Games Will Dominate the Mobile Gaming Market in 2016 [Report]


See Original Blog Post on Linkedin


You can check out my other Blog Posts here


About Seasun Inc 

Seasun is a leading Chinese online games publisher focused on creating high quality games/game engines that push the boundaries of player experience in action entertainment. The company is also involved in small-medium sized investments for game studios worldwide. We have recently started up our U.S. studio in Redwood City, CA to create top quality content for the western market.

Seasun has shipped many successful titles, including the popular MMORPG series JX (, the MMOARPG titles First Myth ( and CQ (, along with our FPS MAT ( The “JX” series has grossed more than $250 million and has achieved a daily active user count of 3.3 million. Our first game for the western market is Relics of Gods ( We are currently building a special team of highly talented people to create the technology for our next-generation MMOARPG at this studio.

About Kingsoft

Kingsoft, Seasun’s parent company, is publicly traded in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK: 3888) with market value of 3.8 billion USD. Kingsoft has created 3 other subsidiaries alongside Seasun: Cheetah Mobile (NYSE: CMCM), WPS Office, and Kingsoft Cloud Service. Kingsoft has over 4,000 employees worldwide.

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