China's sales of on-line games reached 2.47 billion yuan
(US$298.6 million) in 2004, up 47.9 percent from the previous year,
according to the 2004 China On-line Game Industry Report.
The report, released by the Press and Publication
Administration, said the number of Chinese Internet users amounted
to 94 million in 2004. The number of on-line game players reached
The report predicted that China's on-line game sales income will
reach 10.96 billion yuan in 2009.
A source from the Press and Publication Administration said
China will develop more than 300 of its own on-line games during
the coming five years.
To accomplish this, the country needs to recruit more than
20,000 game programming professionals. However, the country
currently has only several thousand of on-line game programming
professionals, which keeps China's game industry from moving
The source disclosed that China is planning to establish a
college particularly to train on-line game programming
professionals and will pick up 10 universities to set up on-line
game programming departments.
(Xinhua News Agency February 15, 2005)