The major part of the total revenue was delivered by mobile games.
Last week, Niko Partners released China Mobile Games and China PC Games market reports revealing that the Chinese video game industry revenue reached $45.49 billion in 2021. The data provided by the firm reflects a 5.5% increase compared to the previous year.
Mobile titles in the country generated the major part of the total revenue – $31.8 billion, while PC games delivered $13.7 billion. The report reads that China's export mobile and PC game revenue reached $17.3 billion in 2021, reflecting a 27.3% year-on-year increase.
The firm also noted that the number of gamers in the country was 706 million, a slight decrease compared to the previous year (3.7%).
"In the past year we have watched gamers entertain themselves with nostalgic and new games during the pandemic lockdowns, we have watched youth gamers wave farewell to a primary pastime due to regulations limiting their hours for gaming..." said Niko Partners founder and president Lisa Hanson.
Speaking of the Chinese esport market, the analysts called it "the most developed esports market in the world" as it has an audience of 434 million esports fans.
Niko Partners also anticipates that in the future the Chinese gaming industry will grow to reach $55.23 billion in combined PC and mobile revenue in 2026. China's export mobile and PC game revenues are also expected to increase to $26.46 billion in 2026.
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