每日观察：关注1月份Google Play与App Store榜单（2.18）
1）市场调研公司Newzoo和Distimo最近数据显示，Google Play在2014年1月份的德国和西班牙市场的月下载量超过了苹果App Store。
Supercell在2013年创收8.92亿美元，计划于3月份推出《Boom Beach》，《Clash of Clans》仍是iOS平台收益榜单头号游戏，《Candy Crush Saga》则排名第二，紧随其后的分别是《Hay Day》、《Puzzle & Dragons》以及《Game of War: Fire Age》。
King则超越Supercell成为1月份iOS头号发行商，Supercell排名第二，发布了900款游戏的EA位居第三，GungHo Online Entertainment排名第四，Kabam名列第五；中国腾讯则因《天天跑酷》的成功而跻身第九名。
在Google Play平台上，《Clash of Clans》再度夺魁，《Candy Crush Saga》位居第二，《Puzzle & Dragons》排名第三，《Hay Day》名列第五。从发行商榜单上看，King仍位居榜首，Supercell排名第二。
2）据gamasutra报道，Quantic Dream创始人David Cage将于下个月接受法国最高奖章Legion of Honor，他将成为首位获得这一荣誉的电子游戏开发者。
Legion of Honor获奖对象必须是曾向行业投入20年的公共服务，报道称法国部长Fleur Pellerin将于3月13日向Cage授予奖章。
1）Google Play store overtakes iOS in Germany and Spain
The Google Play store overtook Apple’s App Store in Germany and Spain for monthly downloads during January, according to market researchers Newzoo and Distimo.
Newzoo said that Google Play has surpassed iOS earlier than anticipated, as Google Play has only 36 percent of combined European revenues and 33 percent of U.S. revenues — showing that game developers can indeed make money on Android.
Overall, the worldwide level of spending on mobile games in January held on to the mark reached during the holiday season. That’s impressive, as December saw a 20 percent bump. Overall January sales were $300 million more than was spent just a half year ago in June.
Clash of Clans maker Supercell and King, the developer/publisher of Candy Crush Saga, consistently topped the rankings among iOS game publishers. Supercell generated $892 million in revenues from Clash of Clans and Hay Day in 2013, and the company will release its third game, Boom Beach, in March. King’s Candy Crush Saga has also been joined in the top ranks by King’s Farm Heroes Saga and Papa Pear Saga.
Clash of Clans is still the top revenue generator on iOS, with Candy Crush Saga at No. 2. Hay Day, Puzzle & Dragons, and Game of War: Fire Age round out the top five. Farm Heroes Saga, released in December, debuted at No. 11 in the charts.
Among the new entries were three new Asian games: National Aircraft War, Car Racing Everyday, and Battle in Warring States. Asian titles now occupy seven of the top 20 games — the highest of any month to date.
King surpassed Supercell in the month as the top publisher thanks to Farm Heroes Saga. EA, which has more than 900 games on the mobile app stores, is No. 3. GungHo Online Entertainment and Kabam are No. 4 and No. 5.
China’s Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems jumped five places to No. 9 thanks to the success of Cool Running Everyday. Glu Games move up three spots to No. 17 while Square Enix rejoined the charts at No. 20.
As for Google Play, Clash of Clans regained the top spot after losing it during the holidays to Candy Crush Saga, which is now No. 2. Puzzle & Dragons is No. 3. Supercell’s Hay Day is at No. 5, after debuting last month on Google Play at No. 12. King is still the No. 1 publisher on Google Play, while Supercell climbed two spots to become No. 2. The biggest climber on Google Play was SundayToz, which rose from No. 18 to No. 11.
Looking at the publishers, King are still at number one this month but rival Supercell has now climbed 2 places to take the second spot.（source：venturebeat）
2）Quantic Dream founder David Cage awarded France’s highest decoration
By Mike Rose
Newsbrief: Quantic Dream founder David Cage is set to receive the Legion of Honor medal next month, the highest decoration in France. He will be the first video game developer to receive the award.
The Legion of Honor requires a person show 20 years of dedicated public service to an industry. According to French daily newspaper Le Figaro, Cage will be presented with the Chevalier award by French minister Fleur Pellerin on March 13.
Cage’s latest work includes Beyond: Two Souls, released late last year, and Heavy Rain back in 2010 — both story-driven games for the PlayStation 3. （source：gamasutra）
3）Xiaomi bringing its cheap, powerful Redmi smartphone to Singapore Feb. 21
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has global ambitions.
The company today revealed plans to bring its “Redmi” Android smartphone to Singapore on February 21. The Redmi (it’s called Hongmi in other regions) marks Xiaomi’s first product launch outside Greater China, which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Xiaomi is known for making low-cost handsets, and the Redmi is its cheapest: It’ll cost just S$169 (or around $133 USD) in Singapore. But it has some impressive specs despite the price tag, with a quad-core processor, a 4.2-inch 720p display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a swappable 2,000mAh battery.
Xiaomi has grown rapidly since its launch three years ago. It sold 18.7 million phones last year, more than double its 2012 sales.
The company hopes to boost its sales again this year with a big push into international markets. In late August, it named Hugo Barra, Google’s former Android vice president, the head of Xiaomi Global.
Singapore is a logical first stop due to its exceptionally high mobile penetration rate: 87 percent, according to Nielsen. For contrast, Nielsen pegs mobile penetration at 71 percent in China and 60 percent here in the U.S.
Chinese tech entrepreneur Lei Jun founded Xiaomi in April 2010. He’s sometimes referred to as the “Steve Jobs of China,” but he says his company is more like Google or Amazon.（source：venturebeat）
4）The Charticle: How Threes found success without in-app purchases
by Chris Kerr
The number crunching card puzzler, Threes, has been something of a surprise package in a month dominated by a certain flappy bird.
The super slick puzzler has been performing well in both the download and grossing charts, becoming the most downloaded game in 16 countries, including Germany, Spain, and the US.
It’s also found success in the grossing charts, becoming a top 100 grossing game in 62 countries.
When you take into account that Threes can be yours for a one-off payment of $1.99 – that’s right, it’s an IAP free zone – those figures start to become even more impressive.
So, without further ado, let’s lift the Charticle veil once more, and venture forth into a world of wonderous stats, and tantalising graphs.
It all adds up
Threes’ performance in terms of downloads on the European iPhone top 100 charts of the EU5 – via App Annie
On the iPhone downloads chart for the EU 5 – the UK, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy – Threes has gotten off to a flying start.
The game has climbed into the top 20 with ease, peaking at #1 in Germany -it’s best performance in a big country – and Spain, #2 in the UK, and #8 in France.
In Italy however, it has stumbled ever so slightly in comparison, failing to break into the top 20, and only peaking at #23. （source：pocketgamer）