The online first person shooter (FPS) Crossfire is big in China. A billion dollars big. The game, according to a Korean game publication This Is Game, lead the country’s revenue markets for 2011 and neared the $1 billion (USD) mark as well. The game brought in an estimated $860 million, more than double the nearest Chinese competition, Dungeon Fighter Online.
The lineup of Chinese-played games included Dragon Nest (coming in #6) and finally World of Warcraft at #7 most played in China. Crossfire clearly lead the pack, according to the news outlet. The best estimates for WoW income for 2011 is in the $1.1 billion area.
This could potentially be a big shakeup in the industry. Not just from seeing WoW dethroned as the number one game in terms of revenue, but also because the new #1 would be in China, which also has the fastest-growing and most active gamer market in the world right now.
That would likely change how development companies view their markets.