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China remains the largest mobile gaming market in the world, hence both local and foreign companies strive for success in the country.
Here we see how important well-known IP is to a title’s success; an established user base plays an essential role in a landscape where the cost and complexity of user acquisition are increasing.
The easiest way for a traditional PC game publisher to enter the mobile realm is to adapt their legacy PC games on a mobile platform. This is therefore what most Chinese publishers are doing.
Beyond PC game IP, well-known literature, manga, and TV series could be used as a lucrative IP source. Realizing the value and scarcity of truly compelling IP, Tencent has acquired IPs from anime, manga, and novels; in turn explaining the reason behind Tencent’s establishment of the China Literature Group.
You can find more data on the value of IPs in mobile game revenue right here.