Gaming revenues surge on mobile growth
Driven by the booming mobile internet sector, top Chinese gaming companies saw significant growth in game revenues during the first half of 2017, according to a games market report.
Chinese video game giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has taken the top spot in the ranking of Newzoo’s Top 25 Companies by Game Revenues list, generating $7.4 billion in the first half of this year, a 50 percent increase over the same period last year.
Newzoo said the popularity of Tencent’s mobile game King of Glory, which attained 200 million players in China alone, has made big bucks for Shenzhen-based Tencent this year. Chinese gaming industry database Gamma Data Corp estimated that King of Glory raked in around $911 million in the second quarter in the domestic market, and its transactions would hit more than 22 billion yuan for the full year.
Chinese leading gaming outfit NetEase Inc continued to rank as seventh on the list, recording a staggering 53 percent year-onyear increase in revenues to hit $2.9 billion in the first half of 2017.
Oksana Skorik, a principal dancer with Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, will join ballet dancers from around the world at the 3rd China International Ballet Season in Beijing from November to January 2018. In addition to the Mariinsky Ballet, they will include Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the National Ballet of China.