Tag: Android

Archivil is connected to Archiage

XL Games released Archivil for iOS on 27th of March, Android version will be available as well. Archivil is a hybrid mobile game that is connected with MMORPG Archiage.
The game is basically about managing the village with the character called ‘Minion’. A player could create various items while planting and raging cattle. These items could be sent to Archiage through the mail system. Items are varied from rare pats to portions. Now the game is connected to Archiage test server.
Even though a friend of Archiage users is not playing Archiage, he could send items to a friend who is playing Archiage as a gift. The game is focused on a single play mode now, but social features will be added in the future. iOS version is now available.

KAKAO asks developers to launch iOS, Android version at the same time

KAKAO Game has changed their policy. All mobile games published through KAKAO platform are needed to launch both iOS and Android version at the same time. It was recommendation, but it is obligation now.

The decision is positive for iOS users, but gives another burden to developers. In fact, some mobile game developers who are preparing to launch games on KAKAO are re-arranging the launching schedule because of the policy changing.

Good for users

Andorid has dominated Korean smartphone OS market with 80% penetration rate. Therefore, most mobile games on KAKAO have been launched to Android OS first. iOS version used to be introduced 2 to 6 months later.

Hit KAKAO games such as ANIPANG, DRAGON FLIGHT were no exception. However, iOS users could enjoy KAKAO games with Android OS users at the same time from now on. The main reason KAKAO changed its policy is that it is critical to enjoy KAKAO games with friends no matter what platform they are using because KAKAO games heavily rely on competitions and cooperation with friends while playing.

Part of Global Strategy

Launching games for both OS is important for KAKAO to pioneer into Global market as well. Because iOS market is bigger in the international market and revenue is higher on iOS than Android OS.

KAKAO is trying hard to penetrate Japan, SEA, SA mobile market with its main weapon – games. LINE from NHN is preoccupying Japan, Taiwan and other SEA countries now.

Another burden for developers

It might be no matter to developers who are preparing their games to launch both platforms. However, many developers are changing their launching schedule now. If a developer has not chosen an engine that supports cross-platform playing, it is like making 2 different games. In addition, managing updates for both versions are not easy tasks for small-mid size mobile game developing companies.

Some developers complained that KAKAO announced policy changing too suddenly. Even though new policy will be applied from the 12th of March, they let developers know on January.

Wemade launched ‘EveryTown for KAKAO for iOS, Android at the same time on the 5th of March.

Kakao Talk became the most favorable mobile game distribution platform in Korea

Kakao Talk, the most popular mobile phone messenger in Korea, proves itself as an influential distribution platform for mobile games.

After it launched Kakao Game for Android on the 30th of July, games from it dominated Google Play Free-App rank – 7 of Top 10 Free games are linked with Kakao Game.

Ani Pang stands as #1 for Google Play Free Game rank and for Top sales rank. Another game called I Love Coffee reached 100 million Won (US $88,215) revenue.

The main reason for their popularity is that they are linked with Kakao Talk messenger. Users could invite their friends in Kakao Talk list to the games and play together.

Wemade Entertainment who invested US $22 million to Kakao Talk is the main beneficiary because not only their games such as Viking Island and Rhythm Scandal have been succeeded through Kakao Talk, but also their share value has been up 15.21%. Share value for Barunson Games also went up just right after they announce their games will be published through Kakao Talk.

Kakao Games will be available for iOS pretty soon.

Korean Finally Could Purchase Games Through iTunes

Game Category at Apple App Store has been opened at 7:00AM on the 2nd of November in Korea. It took 2 years since iPhone3GS was introduced in Korea for the first time.

Korean iOS gamers needed to have another Apple account in the U.S. or HongKong to purchase iOS games like Angry Birds for the past 2 years. Korean iOS game developers needed to release their games through other countries’ App store or release them at Entertainment category as a temporary expedient.

The reason is that Korean government took too long to make related laws. By the results of mobile games was excluded from Shutdown System recently and drawing the conclusion how to rate mobile games on App stores, finally Game Category is opened. Game Category for Android market will be opened until the end of November as well.

The typical Korean mobile game developers such as Com2uS and Gamevil welcome to have Game Category finally. They expect that Korean mobile game market will be more energized.

Total 50 million downloads from Gamevil

 

Gamevil broke the record total 50 million downloads. The company has about 30 smartphone games for both iOS and Android, another 30 games for domestic feature phone market. Especially, the company’s 4 most successful series include Baseball Superstar, Zenonia, Super Soccer and Air Penguin continues its success internationally.

Gamevil has prepared themselves for the international market from 2008 and started getting consequences from their efforts. The company targeted the environment that has been created by smartphone from the beginning and introduced lots games continuously to preoccupy the market.

In addition, they utilized Free 2 Play business model actively for their games as well as cooperated with foreign developers. Those things are harmonized with their years long experiences on publishing & marketing have made them so succeed in the market.

Gamevil will release Zenonia 4 soon.