The China Culture & Entertainment Industry Association published the China Game Industry Development Report (“Report”) on 28 November 2017.

During 2017, the overall income of the game industry saw 23.1% growth and reached around RMB 219 billion. According to the Report, the development of the industry has shown the following characteristics: (i) the increase of new users has slowed down; the profit growth has been led by mobile games; (ii) top online game operators have occupied large market shares; costs for SMEs to enter into the market is increasing; (iii) IP has played a more critical role; (iv) e-sports continues to be a popular industry; the value chain is maturing; (v) the scope of outbound investment has expanded from southeast Asia to cover west Asia, Africa, Europe and the US; (vi) more legal requirements have been published to regulate online game operations and player protection; (vii) enforcement against illegal operations has been strengthened.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the Report.