发布时间：2014-07-02 11:07:12 Tags：eCPM,King和Glu股价,Supernauts,视频广告
6）据serkantoto报道，《Puzzle & Dragons》开发商GungHo Online Entertainment最
《帝国时代Online》最初由Robot Entertainment开发，之后由Gas Powered Games接手
1）Apple: $1 billion spent on App Store in ‘record’ December, 3 billion
By Keith Andrew
Almost 3 billion apps were downloaded by iOS users across the month of
December 2013, Apple has revealed, with $1 billion spent across the course
of the last month of the year.
The numbers – released as a follow up to a report published by Vision
Mobile suggesting app developers from across the UK will add £4 billion
to the economy in 2014 – are designed to show the App Store’s continued
dominance on mobile.
Indeed, Apple cites Distimo numbers that suggest the App Store still has a
63 percent to 37 percent market share advantage over Google Play when it
comes to global revenue from apps – third-party Android marketplaces, of
course, not included in the figures.
The numbers game
Elsewhere in the blank of stats, Apple reveals the App Store now has more
than 1.2 million apps on sale in total, with cumulative downloads having
surpassed 70 billion.
The App Store remains the be all and end all for many devs
App Store customers spent a total of $10 billion in 2013, with developers
having made a cumulative earnings total of $15 billion since the marketplace
launched – around half of which was generated in the last four quarters.
In all, more than 75 billion apps have been downloaded in the App Store’s
lifetime, with 300 million people visting the marketplace every week.（
2）King and Glu’s share prices rise sharply on no news whatsoever
By Jon Jordan
It’s not quite above water yet, but the signs are that the share price of
King (NYSE: KING) will soon be back in black.
Infamously, the company’s stock opened 10 percent down on its float price
of $22.50 in late March and has been dropped down ever since.
Well, no more it seems.
Hitting a nadir of $15.26 in mid-May, King’s share price had been slowly
rising, until the end of last week when it’s jumped from $17, closing at $
20.55, up 15 percent on Monday.
No reason has been provided, other than financial websites noting that the
shares were experiencing a lot of trading volume.
Stuck to the ceiling
And King isn’t the only US floated F2P mobile gaming stock on the up.
Glu Mobile (NASDAQ: GLUU) has also experienced a strong rise in its share
price over recent days. From a price of $3.78 on Thursday, it’s now $5.00;
not far off its 52-week peak of $5.65.
Again, there’s no particular news to pin this performance to; Glu’s most
recent release is a fashion game based on Kim Kardashian.
Yet, there is one F2P gaming stock that refuses to rise on this general
The share price of Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) remains rooted around the $3-$4
range, way below its December 2012 IPO launch price of $10. （source：
3）Study reveals that video ads can pump up revenues without hurting in-app
Video ads can increase ad revenue in games without hurting the retention of
gamers or the purchases they make, according to a study by ad mediation firm
Toronto-based Fuse Powered studied millions of ad impressions for games for
15 days prior to adding interstitial video ads (which run in the middle of a
pause during a game) and 15 days after adding them. The result was a 300
percent increase in eCPM (effective cost per mil, or ad revenue generated
per 1,000 impressions) and a 700 percent lift in average revenue per daily
active user (ARPDAU). Fuse Powered said that these ads did not affect rates
of retention and in-app purchases — something key the mobile gaming
industry, which brought in nearly $16 billion in 2013.
In one tower defense game, eCPMs saw a 400 percent increase, moving the
average gross eCPM from $4.02 to $19.83. During the same time, average
revenue per paying user (ARPPU) remained flat, which indicates no loss in in
-app purchases. This is important, because these account for the bulk of a
free-to-play game’s standard revenue. During the same time, first-time in-
app purchases increased slightly.
The inclusion of one video per player per day in a word game delivered an
increase in ad ARPDAU of 40 percent. ARPPU from in-app purchases remained
stable in the word game. Ad revenue in the game increased from 38 percent to
45 percent of total revenue, resulting in a 7 percent increase in total
revenue from the game, with the addition of only one video ad per player per
Meanwhile, a racing game saw similar results. Over 31 days, video ads did
not affect in-app purchases. During the same time, ad revenue grew from 3
percent to 22 percent of total revenue. The average number of sessions per
user during this same time also trended up slightly.
And in a strategy game, the inclusion of video ads saw global eCPMs of $29.
43 over the first 28 days. Retention was steady in the same period.（source
4）App marketing cost inflation keeps getting worse
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Inflation is no fun. Especially when costs are rising more than what you can
charge for something. That’s the problem facing app developers, based on
the latest report by mobile marketing firm Fiksu.
During May, marketing costs rose 17 percent from April and 34 percent from a
year ago, as measured in Fiksu’s Cost per Loyal User Index, which measures
the cost of acquiring mobile users who open an app at least three times on
iOS. That sets the stage for a competitive summer.
Fiksu’s App Store Competitive Index, which measures the aggregate daily
download volume among the top 200 ranked apps, grew by 24 percent to 6.6
million, compared to April’s 5.34 million. That’s a good sign, as it means
the increased spending is having an affect on getting more users.
“With the increase in volume this month, app marketers will need to find
more creative ways to find and acquire loyal users,” Fiksu said. “Granular
targeting options and optimized app marketing efforts continue to improve,
helping advertisers break through the noise.”
“While there have been ebbs and flows, it’s very clear that the cost of
app marketing and the competition for downloads is on a constant upward
trajectory: what we’re calling app inflation,” said Micah Adler, CEO of
Fiksu. “The increased quality and growing popularity of apps continues to
fuel ever-increasing demand, meaning marketers must continually hone their
new strategies and spending in the quest to cost-efficiently acquire loyal
and engaged users.”
Fiksu has accumulated more than 282 billion app actions, such as launches or
5）Grand Cru’s ambitious Supernauts mobile game hits 1M downloads in six
Grand Cru’s Supernauts, an ambitious social world-building game that was
built over two years, has hit a million downloads in just six days after its
release on iOS.
That’s good news for the Helsinki-based Grand Cru, which raised venture
capital funding to build the free-to-play game and tap into a multibillion
dollar industry. The publisher said that the game received editor’s choice
nods in 40 countries in the Apple App Store and has ranked in the “best new
games” category in 155 countries.
Of course, now the challenging part will be to hang on to those users and to
get them to spend money. But the signs are good for the game, which taps
into the craze for world-building started by games such as Minecraft — a
game that has sold millions of copies on mobile, consoles, and PCs.
Grand Cru billls Supernauts as the “most ambitious iPhone, iPad, and iPod
Touch game of all time.”（source：venturebeat）
6）Picotto Kingdom: Puzzle & Dragons Maker GungHo Releases New Game In Japan
by Serkan Toto
After quite a long time, Puzzle & Dragons maker GungHo Online Entertainment
(3765) has released a new mobile game in Japan today, Picotto Kingdom.
In contrast to recent GungHo games like Summons Board or Divine Gate however
, this title is not “original” but based on Picotto Knights, a free-to-
play Vita action RPG that was published in 2012.
Another point that is interesting is that back then, Picotto Knights didn’t
really find too many fans on the Sony handheld, causing GungHo to shut it
down after only a year. A (planned) English version was never released.
Picotto Kingdom is a port of the Vita title and lets players equip soldiers
(s0-called Cocoroids) with around 600 different weapons and other items.
Users can then fight against enemies together with up to three other allies
(computer-controlled or actual people), by completing quests in real-time.
Players can choose between 300 different Cocoroids, with GungHo saying more
will be added later.
At the moment, Picotto Kingdom is only available in Japan and only on
Android. An iOS version is in the works.（source：serkantoto）
7）Age of Empires Online shutting down today
By Christian Nutt
Newsbrief: Today, Microsoft shut down Age of Empires Online, its free-to-
play expansion of the popular strategy franchise first created by the
erstwhile Ensemble Studios in the mid 1990s.
Age of Empires Online was originally developed by Robot Entertainment and
later by Gas Powered Games. The game originally launched in 2011 but ceased
updating in early 2013. Its closure was announced less than a month ago.
At last year’s GDC Europe, Microsoft’s Kevin Perry delivered a lecture on
how the company originally whiffed the game’s free-to-play design —
calling the business model “a disaster” at the time of its launch — but
was able to turn the game into a success. （source：gamasutra）