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.