In a new report, Niko Partners reports that the number of gamers in ten Asian markets will exceed one billion by 2026.

Read the full Niko Partners report here.

Niko Partners predicts that despite a challenging global economy, the next five years will see continued strong growth in the PC and mobile gaming industry in the markets Niko Partners lists as Asia-10: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Korea and India.

Side note: on the state of mobile gaming.

In the report, the company predicts that the PC and mobile gaming market in Asia-10 will be $35.9 billion in 2022 and will reach $41.4 billion in 2026.

The number of gamers is growing much faster than revenues. Niko Partners predicts that the number of PC and mobile gamers in Asia-10 will be 788.7 million in 2022 and reach 1.06 billion in 2026.

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Source: Company report

Niko Partners has lowered its 2022 forecast slightly from its 2021 forecast. This is due to a challenging global macroeconomic environment, the influence of regulators and underperformance in growth areas such as blockchain gaming, cloud gaming and meta-universes. Lowering the forecast for 2022 will affect growth rates through 2026.

India, Thailand and the Philippines are the fastest-growing markets in gaming revenue and the number of gamers. Japan and Korea are the most mature markets in the Asia-10 region, accounting for 77% of revenue. In 2022, gaming revenues in Japan will be down 2.6% from a year ago, while in Korea, they will remain the same.

India has the world’s second-largest number of gamers, with 396.4 million gamers, representing 50.2% of total gamers in Asia-10.