Mobile Games Forum Asia comes to Hong Kong, offering chance to network and do deals

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 April, 2016, 3:15pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 April, 2016, 4:29pm

The latest mobile game trends in China, the impacts of e-sports on the gaming industry and how independent game developers can raise funds for their projects are among topics to be explored at this year’s Mobile Games Forum (MGF) Asia in Hong Kong.

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The two-day event will be attended by some of the world’s biggest game publishers, developers and studios such as Animoca Brands, Super Evil Megacorp, Tencent, Riot Games and 6waves. The forum, which also runs in London, Seattle and Los Angeles, offers registered participants a chance to network, share ideas and strike deals with industry bigwigs.

Participants in MGF Asia, now in its second year, will learn that the Android platform is still by far the most popular smartphone operating system in the region, and that mainland China, Japan and South Korea must not be targeted as one big single market.

Mobile gaming is only part of the electronic games industry. According to last year’s Global Games Market Report, released by research company Newzoo which specialises in data on the digital games market, global revenues from gaming are expected to reach US$107 billion in 2017.

It notes that China is expected to overtake the US as the biggest games market, with sales of US$22.2 billion versus US$22 billion.