Gaming Gets X-Rated and Very Profitable
In the game Armor Blitz , players assemble an legion of anime “tank girls.” When the game debuted on Google Play in November 2016, it grossed merely $23,400 in six months, less than half its production cost. Then the same game relaunched on the adult-gaming platform Nutaku–now with the notable addition of hentai cartoon porn. Blitz went on to bank more than $160,000 in six months.
The flourishing erotic-gaming industry that originated in Japan is now going world. Backed by porn giant MindGeek( proprietor of Pornhub, YouPorn, RedTube, et al .), Nutaku has become a megaplatform of titillating gaming, offering a mix of imports and indie liberates. With 10 million registered users — 40 percentage of whom play daily–and 70 million monthly pageviews, the platform’s output of single-player kink has explosion more than 800 percentage since 2015.
Porn-to-play is trending on indie platforms too, largely via mobile. Lewd gaming site Eroges.com has gained 250,000 customers since November; 65 percent of its traffic comes from Android. And play downloads on the porn app store MiKandi have spiked 81 percent since 2016.
“Japanese corporations are reaching out to us to assist them to bringing their plays to the US market, ” tells Mikandi cofounder Jen McEwen, motivated by a boom in developer crowdfunding on Patreon and Kickstarter, as well as the partnership agreement with Japanese game studios.
The next erogenous zone is VR. The virtual world Red Light Center claims 220,000 active members, and “VR” recently became the most searched word on MiKandi. Time to boot up your Xboxxx.