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Apple App Store downloads in China triple, but revenues for developers still lag

Michael Kan | June 21, 2012
Downloads from China on Apple's App Store have tripled from a year ago, but developers in the country must continue to look overseas to generate revenues, because of the prevalence of free apps, according to an app market analytics firm.

U.S. gaming developer Kabam has an office in Beijing, China, which has 65 employees and continues to hire locally, said Michael Li, general manager for the company. Its popular iOS game, "Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North", was developed in Beijing.

"It's definitely a good test case that shows we can build in China games that can be very successful in the West, and not just in Asia," he said.


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