Amid gloomy warnings and reports of industrial disruptions, another statistic that emerged from China last month brings some humanity to the situation. Millions turn to games while they have to stay at home to avoid the official name Covid-19, which continues to be common in China.
Mobile gaming dominates in China, and China's App Store has the number to prove it. According to the Sensor Tower analyst group, there were 45% more first-time game installations between January 11 and February 9, 2020 than in the same period last year.
People don't just download games to forget about. Spending increased 23%, including Game for Change (China's version of PUBG Mobile) Honor of Kings and Brain Out the top performers. Players are likely to spend more time on these games, so they have enough time to invest enough money than they would otherwise spend on microtransactions.
It's not just games that are showing an upward trend. Education and business applications are increasing as people in China stay away from work and school. Katie Williams, mobile insight strategist at Sensor Tower, says the data implies that parents use apps to shorten the learning time their children lack.
However, Chinese workers are expected to do as much work as possible because the government has instructed workers to work from home. Remote work apps ̵
Conversely, the use of travel apps is declining. Sensor Tower saw a "significant decrease" of 36% year over year due to travel restrictions introduced in response to the corona virus.
All of this is associated with the limitation that the use and spending of apps towards Chinese people will increase New Year celebrations that took place on Saturday, January 25th of this year. Williams said, however, that the comparison over the same period last year and the weight of the numbers are a change even if the new year is taken into account.
Chinese citizens are slowly returning to work, but reports state that the situation is far from over. It remains to be seen how long the corona virus effect on games and apps will last and what further effects this will have.
Despite the positive turn for games and apps, Coronavirus has negatively impacted business around the world. The massive Mobile World conference in Barcelona has been canceled, companies that rely on production and materials in China have few options, and even some game companies face delays and product shortcomings.
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