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Japanese market share of western game market falls to 20%

Japanese market share of the Western game market has been reduced to 20 percent according to an analysis of the Japanese gaming industry by the CESA. The decline is significant as Japanese game development used to maintain a dominant position in the industry especially for home and portable console game development.

The speed of the decline is also noteworthy as the decline has become impossible to ignore during this generation of home consoles which are roughly 2 to 3 years old.

In October of last year, Square Enix president Yoichi Wada declared that Japan had "lost its position" as the leader in the video game industry. These claims are being backed by evidence which shows the market share for Western-developed titles in their own territories doubled between 2004 and 2007 while Japanese game market share has declined.

Although market share has declined, data summarized by Kotaku revealed the news is not all negative as revenue generated from Japanese game exports overall have increased by 43 percent year on year in 2006 and by 54.3 percent in 2007. The success is attributed primarily to the success of the Nintendo DS and Wii hardware.

According to a senior analyst at Nomura Finance, there are several causes for the decline in Japanese game development. He suggests RPG games which Japanese developers tend to focus are not as popular in the west. He also suggests the right to develop games in potentially lucrative areas such as sports or popular movie franchises is tightly controlled. 

Nomura also states since the successful launch of the Microsoft Xbox the quantity and size of the competition in the field of game development has increased significantly making it more difficult for Japanese game developers to maintain significant market share.



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Curious
By Spectator on 1/26/2009 1:53:03 PM , Rating: 2
We have sony making deliberately custom hardware that takes years of programming effort to make the most of.

And SE making games like FFXI that again takes years to master.

Are we seeing a trend?

I personally would say. we in the west are to busy working to pay off the loans from eastern countries to invest years into thier distractions atm.

Perhaps they can try again in another 10 years. Im just glad the west is showing "slight" signs of learning.

Its seems so stupid to hand wealth away. then have to borrow from those you gave all your wealth to.

But Hell. "This is MY united states of whatever" :P




RE: Curious
By The0ne on 1/27/2009 1:13:51 AM , Rating: 2
With more complex technologies if you don't have the right tools to tone down the learning curve there's no escaping the fact that you will have to spend years on A project and hope for it's success. Only bigger companies can rely on this and only they have the money to do this.

Even years after release now their full potential hasn't been tapped, including the Wii and DS.


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