GC Asia: Understanding Asia

Edge writes: "There are some important trends coming from Asia – some of them have been talked about to death, but an early morning panel of experts at Games Convention Asia provided some fresh numbers and surprise insights.

Shuhei Ueda, CEO of Gamepot and chairman of JOGA, begins by talking about his country's biggest trend, massively multiplayer online games. "The trend is, since 2004, we're seeing a very rapid growth. The market size is about a billion users," he tells the audience through a translator.

Ueda says there are 250 online games on the market. "In the early days of the market, Korean games used to be dominant. Now we're seeing lots of Japanese MMOs coming," he said, also saying that Taiwanese MMOs were making inroads in a country that's traditionally known as a console stronghold."

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