While the name may not ring any bells with some western gamers, The Legend of Mir 2 (Mir 2), the 15-year-old game is well known in China as one of the games. It is actually a Korean-made game, soared to cult status in the early 2000’s as a PC game, racking up major revenue for the game’s in-country operator, Shanda games, as well as Tencent’s distribution platform.

Mir 2 is now experiencing a second resurgence, buoyed on by China’s massive appetite for mobile gaming. In June 2015 the Tencent launched the mobile version on their platform and history repeated itself, as the title once again became one of the key elements driving game revenue growth

The game, which is still operated by Shanda, was generating monthly sales between 600 and 700 million yuan ($92-108 million USD) through Tencent as of March this year, according to Zhu Xiaojing, Vice President of Shanda Games. Daily sales of the game peaked at about 46 million yuan ($7 million USD).

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com