Niko Partners released their Southeast Asia Gamer Segmentation Study today. Niko is the premier market research agency for video game research and insights for China and Southeast Asia and we have long relied upon Lisa Cosmas Hanson and her team for excellent data. I recommend them highly to anyone looking for deeper knowledge in the region. Here’s some of the key findings:
Southeast Asian gamers prefer games that foster community, teamwork, and competition.
60% of GSEA gamers are strongly drawn to esports.
42% of GSEA gamers fall into the segment of competitive arena gamers, who love esports and who spend the most of all the segments ($15.8/month on PC games, and $10.1/month on mobile games).
According to Newzoo, the top 100 countries in the world by game revenue includes:
1.7 billion gamers
$81.5 billion in revenue for 2014 this year
The US is the top country for game revenue in 2014 at $20.5 billion
Japan monetizes the most per person online at $120.20
I ran the numbers differently than they did. You can see the ranks of game revenue by country on the left, but I chose to look at it differently. I divided the revenue by the online population of each country. This gave me the RPPO (Revenue Per Person Online) – since I figure this is a good gauge of technology and that these people are also likely playing on mobile devices. Then I ran the ARPD (Average Revenue Per Day) based on that number divided by 365. It results in some interesting data.
For me, this is most interesting for geographic (soft) launches of mobile games. If we can look at how a game monetizes in specific country or two, we can make a more educated guess about how it might monetize given the propensity to spend per country. Of course it isn’t flawless, but it sure does give an interesting set of benchmarks to measure against. Here’s the full list.
I was looking for some data on Cost Per Install (CPI) for games in Japan and a friend of mine who runs a large studio there sent me this link, a blog post by InMobi that I missed in January. It basically sets out the relative cost of mobile installs worldwide. While it isn’t exclusive to games, we can use it to decipher regional costs. To get started, I went over to one of my favorite CPI sites, MobPartner, to check out their scrolling list of live CPI transactions. If you like to watch CPI bidding, it’s the best place to watch the action. Here are a couple pics to illustrate the CPIs today:
As you can see, Empire: Four Kingdoms is buying a lot of installs and they are ranging in the U.S. between $1.90 and $2.40 and hitting $3.05 in the U.K. I would guess the higher priced acquisition in the U.S. is on a better performing network, or more proven ad channel that provides players that either convert a bit higher, or have a higher Lifetime Value (LTV). You need to balance cost with volume in any acquisition campaign, but that’s probably obvious.
So now let’s dig into the InMobi data. We know that their numbers are not just games, so we need to create a reference point.
The 174 is a number from InMobi on the relative cost per install in the U.K. related to the U.S. Since we know what Goodgame Studios is paying for their users we know the numbers in bold to be true. The InMobi numbers don’t quite match up yet. The difference is 160.5 instead of 174, which is roughly 92.2 percent of the difference. I broke down the numbers with the Relative CPI (R CPI), the Adjusted Relative CPI (AR CPI) and came up with the Actual Game CPI (AG CPI) below. It looks about right to me in terms of acquisition costs. I hope it’s helpful for you too.
ONLINE GAMES MARKET IN SOUTHEAST ASIA TO SEE MASSIVE GROWTH THROUGH 2014
Regional market revenue to rise from $405.7 million in 2010 to $833.7 million by 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 27, 2011 – Niko Partners, The leader in Asian Video Game Market Intelligence™, today announced the availability of its Southeast Asian Game Market Regional Report covering the fast growing geographical region including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The report consolidates and highlights findings from the company’s in-depth market intelligence conducted in each of the six countries in the second half of 2010.
“The Southeast Asian Game Market Regional Report presents essential data by country and with regional comparisons for any company looking to enter or expand share in the games market in Asia,” said Lisa Cosmas Hanson, managing partner of Niko Partners. “With online games market revenue growth surpassing even the blistering growth in the number of gamers in the region over the next several years, there are real opportunities for online game publishers to capture market share and be a ship on the rising tide. This regional report is ideal for determining what countries to prioritize beyond the Asian giants of China, Korea and Japan.”
Key takeaways from the report include:
• By 2014, there will be more than 90 million gamers throughout these six Asian emerging markets
• Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam present the most intriguing opportunities for online game publishers over the next several years
• The report presents industry overviews for each market, key online publishers and titles by region and provides important data on what drives each country’s gamers to play games
Niko also has published in-depth country reports that delve into the specifics market factors of each country, and offers consulting services that can help companies avoid mistakes when addressing the Southeast Asian market. Niko’s research team conducted nearly 800 surveys and interviews across the region with more than 100 online gamers interviewed per country. Industry experts from each country were also consulted to verify the information and ensure that the data is reflective of each country’s gaming population views and the operating environment for publishers. The 45-page report is available now at: http://www.nikopartners.com/researchstore or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, for $4,500.
ABOUT NIKO PARTNERS
Niko Partners is The leader in Asian Video Game Market Intelligence™, specializing in the Chinese and Southeast Asian game markets. Founded in 2003, the firm conducts syndicated and custom research studies on Chinese gamers (including the region of Taiwan), Southeast Asian gamers, online games, offline games, consoles, handhelds, regulatory issues, piracy, development, online operators, distribution, and retail. Niko Partners also offers consulting services including focus groups, partnership selection, market opportunity analysis, custom surveys in cities throughout China and the Asia-Pacific region and customized data analysis. The goal of the research and strategic advisory services is to help understand the market, strategically enter or expand market share, and continue to profitably grow within China and Southeast Asia’s emerging markets.
The company is based in Silicon Valley and Shanghai, and its clients include worldwide leaders in game software, hardware, and services, as well as hedge funds, media companies, trade associations, and management consulting firms, all of whom have a vested interest in a thorough understanding of the emerging Southeast Asian and Chinese video game industries.