Three months later, “Cookie Run: Kingdom” has dominated South Korea’s cellular app retailer charts, surpassing 10 million downloads.
The sport’s March gross sales on native app shops are estimated at over 20 billion received ($17.9 million), rating third after behemoth hardcore video games Lineage M and Lineage 2M, in keeping with cellular app tracker IGAWorks.
Whereas Cookie Run’s recognition comes after years of constructing the 8-year outdated sequence’ universe and remodeling the easy auto-runner into a job enjoying recreation (RPG), Devsisters has reaped success by focusing on informal feminine players who’ve been disregarded by main cellular recreation builders in recent times.
The RPG has captured feminine players with its light-hearted gaming parts, together with a storyline that includes collectible cookie characters constructing a kingdom and battling evil desserts.
“Cookie Run: Kingdom’s” type of creating and adorning customers’ kingdoms, comparatively easy battle gameplay mechanics in addition to cute graphics have appealed to informal feminine players, in contrast with main hardcore cellular titles which have steep studying curves and normally require intensive merchandise purchases to spice up person stats in a aggressive setting.
The sport ranked first when it comes to month-to-month energetic customers at over 3 million final month, with feminine customers accounting for 57.4 p.c of its userbase, in keeping with IGAWorks. Girls of their 20s took up 27.7 p.c of the full.
Shares in Devsisters have risen on the again of Cookie Run’s recognition, closing at 129,300 received on Friday, in contrast with 17,250 received on Jan. 21 when the sport was launched.
Cookie Run’s person demographic contrasts with main cellular titles which have been geared to older males.
Male players accounted for almost 75 p.c of customers of NCSOFT Corp.’s smash hit massively multiplayer on-line position enjoying recreation (MMORPG) Lineage 2M in December 2019, a month after its launch, in keeping with IGAWorks.
The hardcore MMORPG has been vastly worthwhile in recent times, with its native app retailer gross sales estimated at 55 billion received in March, topped solely by its prequel Lineage M at over 70 billion received.
Cookie Run’s latest success has make clear a market of feminine players keen to shell out money to play video games.
“Informal cellular video games that swimsuit the pursuits of feminine players light away as (recreation firms) centered on hardcore gaming,” stated Wi Jong-hyun, a enterprise professor at Chung-Ang College and president of the Korea Recreation Society.
“‘Cookie Run: Kingdom’ launched at a time when there was a vacuum of informal video games, attracting feminine customers and players accustomed to the sequence.”
Feminine players have been rising in presence through the years in South Korea’s cellular gaming market price 7.74 trillion received in 2019.
Almost 65 p.c of South Korean girls stated they performed cellular video games in 2019, in contrast with 63.7 p.c of males, in keeping with a Korea Inventive Content material Company report.
The determine can also be an increase from 2017 when 59.1 p.c of girls stated they performed cellular video games.
Different recreation firms have additionally made strikes to diversify their userbase, with NCSoft making ready to launch Trickster M, a cellular model of an MMORPG that was widespread amongst feminine players within the early 2000s.
“For 20-something feminine players who get pleasure from collectible RPGs, there is no different recreation that may at the moment exchange ‘Cookie Run: Kingdom’,” KTB Funding & Securities analyst Kim Jin-gu stated in a latest report. (Yonhap)