Did that headline get your attention? Of course it did. Everybody wants to know how much money everybody else is making. And Chinese game makers, it seems, don’t make much.
The exact answer to that question is below, but if you really want some perspective, be sure to see what the cost of living in China is too.
As always, our thanks go out to the Chinese gaming site Laohu.com for providing this round-up for Gamezebo readers. For daily news out of Beijing and more, be sure to give them a visit.
A game veteran reveals 50% of China’s game industry employees earn less than RMB 5,000 yuan (about $810 US dollars) a month, as opposed to the widely-held belief that game professionals enjoy generous pays. Those employed in technical positions receive better basic wages, he says. (Laohu.com)
On April 23, Popsoft (????), a well-known game magazine in China, announced on Weibo a crowd-funded march into mobile media. The project, listed on the crowdfunding website DreamChina, is trying to raise RMB 1m yuan by June 20. Investors can inject anything from 10 yuan all the way up to 500,000 yuan, receiving levels of privilege in accordance to amount invested. (Laohu.com)
Baidu Mobile Games announced this week the integration between Duokoo and 91 into a single mobile game platform. Duokoo and 91 will cease to exist as standalone brands, as Baidu Mobile Games will preside over commerce, operation and promotion of Baidu’s mobile gaming business. Downloads of mobile apps via Baidu have already exceeded 100 million times, according to Baidu’s vice president Zhang Dongchen. (Laohu.com)
OurPalm, a leading mobile game publisher, announced a partnership with Shanghai-based miHoYo, in which it acquired exclusive publishing rights of ACG mobile game The End of School 2 (????2) in Korea. The move marks OurPalm’s first steps in Korea. The End of School 2 landed on App Store China in March before establishing itself as one of the 10 highest grossing app and winning almost 2m in users. (Laohu.com)