of Pearl Research in the News
Asia's console game market 'very challenging' from ZDNET
The Asia market is "very challenging" for console makers
such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo as they would have to overcome
software piracy, lower buying power of users in the region, and increasing
competition from online and mobile games, say industry watchers. According
to Allison Luong, managing director of Pearl Research, console makers
face a number of obstacles in growing their businesses, such as high
prices of the consoles, pirated games, competition from lower-priced
earlier-generation console models, and import tariff duties.
Free Online Games Sink Pirates for Emerging-Market Growth from
Video-game makers that once steered clear of emerging markets to avoid
getting ripped off by copycats are returning with free online offers
to make money from customers willing to pay for add-on features.
Full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-27/free-online-games-sink-pirates-to-unlock-emerging-market-growth.html
Asia's virtual masters eye Zynga's real lunch from Reuters
A decade ago, a developer from Korean gamemaker Nexon threw a few lines
of code together to create an image of a flower to present to his girlfriend,
buying himself more videogame time as she sat impatiently by his side
at an Internet café.
Full article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/04/us-zynga-virtualgoods-idUSBRE89309G20121004
Womens Wear Daily (WWD)
Thomson's Market Hub
How Micro-transactions rule South Korea
Q & A on Chinese Games Market
Add another category to India's intensifying regional competition with
China: online gaming.
India is one of the hottest economies in the world right now, and its
nascent Internet market in particular holds tremendous potential
Indian online games market set for bright future
(In Japanese and as part of Famitsu’s Hakusho report)
Creation Magazine (In Chinese)
Next-Gen Biz: http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2654&Item=2