Brief: Tencent reports best quarter ever, thanks to mobile games
- Tencent has posted record quarterly sales and profit figures for the three months ending March this year.
- The Shenzhen-based company reported quarterly revenue of US$7.2 billion and net income of US$2.1 billion, beating analysts’ predictions of US$6.7 billion and US$1.9 billion, respectively.
Why it matters:
- Tencent has bet on self-developed mobile games, original video content, and advertising as key growth engines – and this appears to be paying off.
- The company’s mobile gaming business was the most significant contributor to the quarter’s better-than-expected results, according to Bloomberg. The in-house title Honour of Kings generated between US$406.5 million and US$435.5 million in gross revenue last month alone.
- The company’s self-produced TV drama series Candle in the Tomb got close to 2.5 billion views before it ended in January.
- Revenue from Tencent’s growing online ads business – built largely on its WeChat and QQ social media platforms – increased 47 percent during the quarter, clocking in at US$1 billion.
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