Friday, Nov 28, 2014Friday, Nov 28, 2014
Digital Life
 

Mobile games ring in millions for creators

Total sales in S'pore hit $125m last year and may double by year's end

Published on Apr 19, 2014 7:54 AM
 

Matching pieces of candy in a row and killing evil piggies with flying birds on smartphones and tablets mean big business here.

Sales from mobile games, similar to Candy Crush Saga and Angry Birds, hit US$100 million (S$125 million) here last year, up by 54 per cent from 2012, based on data from research firm Frost & Sullivan. It could grow to US$150 million to US$200 million by the end of the year.

This dwarfs music sales, which fell 11 per cent to US$13.1 million last year, based on figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Some firms have hit the jackpot with mobile games too. While not quite the US$850,000 daily sales Candy Crush can command, made-in-Singapore game Brave Frontier by game studio Gumi Asia makes US$80,000 in sales daily in the United States, based on estimates by game analytics firm Think Gaming.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Background story

BOOMING BUSINESS

  • Sales from mobile games hit US$100 million (S$125 million) here last year, up by 54 per cent from 2012. It could grow further to US$150 million to US$200 million by the year end.
  • This dwarfs music sales, which fell 11 per cent to US$13.1 million last year, based on figures from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.