GDC is coming up and one session that should be relevant to anyone making a large game that needs the ability scale is on Friday, March 22nd at 1:30 PM in room 2000. Here’s a link to the announcement. Game development veterans from Boss Fight Entertainment, Certain Affinity, and Intel will be answering questions collected online for anyone interested in client/server architecture.
Warface, Mail.ru’s free-to-play FPS game that launched on September 18th on the PlayStation 4, has already picked up 1.3 million PlayStation 4 players worldwide (source: Gamasutra) in its first seven days.
India is clearly the next untapped market for games. I’ve heard a lot of interesting figures lately, but the market is dominated in the mobile space by Android at around 73 percent of the addressable market. I’ve also heard that India is also more accustomed to subscription based games and micro-transactions are something they are getting more comfortable with, so expect micro-transaction models to grow. Other interesting data includes:
The market for Digital Games in India is $853.9 Million in 2015
Mobile is 49 percent of the market, or around $416 Million today
Mobile is growing at a 64 percent growth rate year-over-year
By 2015, the mobile market for games in India is expected to be around $832 Million
There are approximately 185 Million mobile gamers in India in 2015
ARPPU in India for mobile games in October 2015 was $13.07 with a 1.53 percent conversion rate from player to payer
Digital console is 2.7% of the market today
MMO games are 28 percent of the market, with Free-to-Play MMO games comprising 21 percent of the total market
The Finnish Game Industry is growing at a 39.5 percent growth rate because of some amazing game developers (SuperCell, Rovio, Remedy, (Among others)).
Below is an updated presentation on the market in Finland as well as an outline of opportunities in Finland for anyone looking to start an office there. Of particular note (although not in this presentation) is how Ilkka Paananen and the SuperCell team have deliberately chosen to ensure Finland receives the taxes it is due by not setting up operations in Ireland, the Netherlands Antilles and other tax havens, in order to pay what they owe their country. I applaud this approach to industry development and hope it serves as an example to other companies and countries on how a stand-up company deals with success and helps to build both an ecosystem and industry within a country.
My opinion is that with massive profits and mainstream appeal for many of its games, the Finnish game industry is setup in a way to pay for the development of games that can reach the global audience, but also ensure the industry’s ongoing success. It’s morally righteous and reverent to the local university system (as well as previous commercial entities such as Nokia) which have helped build it, and it appreciates the fact that the universities will continue to be a major part of its growth in the future.
In a world that is often short-sighted, Finland is a leader and their approach is a brilliant example in the post-Montreal economic development era.