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Game industry targets US$1b in revenue

Update: May, 16/2017 - 08:41
The Vietnamese game industry is expected to earn annual revenue of US$1 billion within 10 years, according to experts.– Photo http://game4v.com

HCM CITY – The Vietnamese game industry is expected to earn annual revenue of US$1 billion within 10 years, according to experts.

Last year, Vietnamese game studios launched 150 games, which attracted 36 million players, earning turnover of $300 million.

With this figure, Việt Nam became the top game market in ASEAN, which is the sixth biggest market in Asia.

Lê Hồng Minh, CEO of VNG Corporation was quoted as saying in Đầu Tư (Investment Review) that he believed strongly that the domestic game industry would reach $1 billion before 2027, thanks to young talents like Nguyễn Hà Đông, who created the international sensation Flappy Bird several years ago.

He added that Vietnamese game studios had designed many games that meet international standards 

Even so, the game market is still dominated by foreign games.

Minh said that turnover earned by Vietnamese game studios this year could be up to $40 million, and up to $80 million if including other places like the AppStore.

The figures show that most of the turnover in the country has been earned from foreign games.

The domestic game industry has lagged behind many years as it started later than in other countries, such as the US, China and South Korea.

Last year, Vietnamese games were not listed among the top 10 online games in the country.

To reach the target of $1 billion in annual revenue within 10 years, Minh suggested that the industry head to the international market and not just focus on the domestic scene.

Minh said that his company’s game studios had developed wells thanks to this strategy.

He said the company stopped developing games for PCs and began developing online games beginning in 2013.

This decision was made at the time when the studio was earning VNĐ160 billion ($7 million) per year from PC games.

Minh said that last year the company made decision of targeting foreign markets.

He said that Vietnamese studios should design more games that meet international standards and develop world-class studios if they want the industry to earn an annual $1 billion by 2027.

Positive signs

The trend of making international games in Việt Nam took off after the famous Flappy Bird by Nguyễn Hà Đông gained international success, according to a report in Đầu Tư.

In March, a game called Sky Garden: Farm in Paradise, a Vietnamese game for mobile phones, was honoured at the 13th IMGA Global Awards for mobile games held in the US.

The game also won the People’s Choice Award, with over 7,000 voters.

In 2016, three games developed by Pine Entertainment were listed among the top 50 games in US app stores.

Politaire last year was selected by Apple as one of 10 games having the best name.

In March, VTC Mobile launched Au Mobile in Indonesia, following First Blood, which was also launched in Indonesia.

Đào Quang Tuấn, director of entertainment and sport at VTC Mobile, said that Indonesia was a market with high potential in ASEAN, attracting many pioneers in the field.

VTC Mobile has shown that the gold mine that games represent is wide open to Vietnamese companies. They just need to become more active and invest in foreign markets to take advantage of the opportunities.  VNS

 

 

 

 

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