By Dr. Serkan Toto – On Japan's Game Industry

Monster Strike Now Pulls In US$4.2 Million Per Day In Japan


Monster Strikecontinues to print money for makerMixi(2121).

According to the latest financial report released by the company, the mega hit game pulled in a whopping US$378 million in sales betweenApril 1st and June 30th.

In other words, Monster Strike made Mixi US$4.2 million per day in that time frame, and the game isn’t showing any signs of weakness.

Here is the corresponding chart from Mixi’s FY2015 Q1 report (“entertainment” is essentially the Monster Strike business):

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These numberstranslate to annualized sales of US$1.5 billion.

What is especially astonishing about the FY2015 Q1 figures is that:

  • close to 100% of salesshould come from Japan alone (in fact, Mixi is currently in the process of closing Monster Strike in China where it already doesn’t accept new user registrations anymore)
  • Mixi operated with a 48.6% operating profit margin in the last quarter – and that includes all of its other businesses like ticket sales, photo sharing services, or its eponymous social network
  • Japan is home toGungHo Online Entertainment(3765), which operates its own hitPuzzle & Dragonswith sales numbers in the same ball park
  • Mixi “just” spent around US$21 million in advertising (overall) in the same quarter – or US$230k per day

On an annualized basis, global companies like Supercell generated only slightly more saleslast year while spending 4-5 times more per day on advertising: it pays to be the leader in a high-value, largely closed market.

Monster Strike is already available in English in North America – where Mixi plans a “large-scale” marketing campaign in Q2.

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Dr. Serkan Toto

I am the CEO & Founder of Tokyo-based Kantan Games Inc., an independent consultancy focused on Japan’s game industry.

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By Dr. Serkan Toto – On Japan's Game Industry