Gaming firms report robust revenues

By Helen Ku  /  Staff reporter

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 - Page 13

Driven by the increasing popularity of online games, most of the nation’s major software game developers reported robust sales last month.

XPEC Entertainment Inc (樂陞科技) said sales reached a record NT$110 million last month, rising 7.75 percent from NT$102.65 million in November and 472.89 percent from NT19.3 million a year ago.

For the whole of last year, sales increased 63.66 percent to a record NT$624 million, XPEC said.

MacroWell OMG Digital Entertainment Co (歐買尬) said it made NT$85.91 million in sales last month. That represented growth of 34.72 percent from NT$63.76 million a month earlier and 92.72 percent from NT$44.57 million a year earlier.

MacroWell said sales were mainly driven by the popularity of its gaming software TERA, which has been upgraded to include European languages, English, Japanese and Korean. With the company releasing a new version on Wednesday, it expects sales of TERA to double this year.

Meanwhile, Soft-World International Corp (智冠科技), the nation’s largest developer and distributor of online games, saw sales drop 2.54 percent month-on-month, but rise 2.41 percent year-on-year to NT$683 million last month. Its subsidiary, Chinesegamer International Corp (網龍) reported that sales last month increased 34.5 percent to NT$74.23 million from November, driven by demand for its Atlantis Online game product.