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Online game opportunity awaits in Southeast Asia, says report
Online game opportunity awaits in Southeast Asia, says report
December 3, 2013 | By Kris Graft

If you're thinking about bringing a game to Southeast Asia, now might be a good time if you're an online game developer.

Market research firm Niko Partners said Tuesday that the Southeast Asia online games market will double to $1.2 billion by 2017, supported by 132 million players.

Niko's new report said that out of 15,000 players surveyed most of which were young, male "hardcore enthusiast" players 25 percent said they play no mobile games. That's compared to China, where Niko's research found that 100 percent of people surveyed played mobile games.

The Southeast Asia market includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

So what are the "hardcore" Southeast Asia players playing? Niko managing partner Lisa Cosmas Hanson explains, "Mobile games are booming in Southeast Asia as they are worldwide, yet client-based PC online gaming remains vibrant and will continue to experience aggressive revenue growth over the five-year forecast period.

"We were surprised to find out that many Southeast Asian hardcore PC gamers ignore mobile gaming all together, a major behavioral difference from the Chinese gaming population."

Niko's report summary also said players typically make online game payments using cash spent at retail and internet cafes. Also, Vietnam is poised to grow thanks to a lifted ban on new game licenses, while Indonesia is expected to have the fastest growth in the region over the next five years, the report added.

The full report is available to purchase here.

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Nuttachai Tipprasert
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If someone really want to jump into this region, I advise that you should act fast. Here, in Thailand, there're already more than 50 MMO games in operation and they are all still running.

Yes, in Thailand alone!

The market's almost, if not already, over populated.

Mobile games market is also growing quite fast here. I'm working for a mobile game company and Thailand is among the top countries which our main income came from. Many companies have already started localizing their games in Thai.