Author Archives: Serkan Toto

I am the CEO & Founder of Kantan Games, Inc., a Tokyo-based game industry consultancy focused on the Japanese market. Please subscribe to updates on this site via RSS or Email.

I Will Serve As A Judge At The Cardinal Game Jam In Silicon Valley Next Month

The Stanford Alumni Association is hosting the inaugural Cardinal Game Jam in Silicon Valley next month, an event that is open to game developers everywhere (companies not based in the US are welcome to join remotely – please see below for a possible sponsorship opportunity for devs located in Japan). In the words of the organizer: The Cardinal…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Oct. 15)

Here is an updated calendar of major free-to-play native apps that publicly traded  Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months. Please note that these titles can be modified, canceled, or released at any given time. The list isn’t necessarily exhaustive, as games can get released without being announced before, for example. Details are subject to change. Please reach…

Presentation: Trends In Mobile Gaming In Asia

Here is a presentation I gave in Kuala Lumpur at the inaugural #GoInnovate event, organized by Malaysian media conglomerate Astro in October 2014. The title of the presentation is “Trends In Mobile Gaming In Asia”: Trends In Mobile Gaming In Asia from Dr. Serkan Toto The direct link to the presentation on SlideShare is here (download on…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Oct. 7)

Here is an updated calendar of major free-to-play native apps that publicly traded  Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months. Please note that these titles can be modified, canceled, or released at any given time. The list isn’t necessarily exhaustive, as games can get released without being announced before, for example. Details are subject to change. Please reach…

Japanese Tablet Shipments Up In Q2 2014, Apple At 40% Market Share

Here is an update on the status quo of the Japanese market for tablets: according to a report issued by IDC Japan today, domestic tablet shipments increased 19.3% year-on-year to 1.97 million units in the second quarter of 2014. The research firm says that one of the main reasons for the plus is that more users showed interest in…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Sept. 29)

Here is an updated calendar of major free-to-play native apps that publicly traded  Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months. Please note that these titles can be modified, canceled, or released at any given time. The list isn’t necessarily exhaustive, as games can get released without being announced before, for example. Details are subject to change. Please reach…

Yahoo Japan Starts Mobile Game Publishing Business

Yahoo Japan (4689), the country’s biggest online company, is entering the smartphone game publishing business. The news started making the rounds over here after this recruitment page went online, where the company is looking for game producers, designers, planners, and a whole range of other professionals. Established in 1996, Yahoo Japan currently boasts a market…

Release Calendar For Listed Japanese Mobile Game Companies (As Of Sept. 23)

Here is an updated calendar of major free-to-play native apps that publicly traded  Japanese mobile game makers have announced for the coming months. Please note that these titles can be modified, canceled, or released at any given time. The list isn’t necessarily exhaustive, as games can get released without being announced before, for example. Details are subject to change. Please reach…