Online Games Market Will Exceed $5.5B in 2012

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China's online games market grew 63% to $2.7 billion in 2008, and will top $5.5 billion in 2012. Many Chinese game operators this year and say that the worldwide economic downturn has had little effect on their business because users haven't cut back on this relatively inexpensive purchase.

China's most popular online games are Netease's "Fantasy Westward Journey," followed by Giant's "Zhengtu Online," Tencent's "Dungeon and Fighter," and Blizzard's "World of Warcraft." Six game operators--Tencent, Changyou, The9, Netease, Shanda and Giant--each made more than $200 million in 2008.
Source: Pearl Research

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