This is the fifth post of “Now in Vietnam“, where TechNode visits Vietnam’s leading companies, to explore the next startup ecosystem to emerge among Southeast Asian countries. Vietnam GDP growth could surpass China by 2020 according to Turicum Investment Management.

Chinese mobile games have greatly appealed to the Vietnamese gamers in recent years, thanks to its similar cultural background and its convenient paying system. Vietnam’s top game publishing companies, notably VTC Online and SohaGame have constantly expanded their business in publishing foreign games, the former started out with publishing Korean games including hit game CrossFire, while SohaGame focused on Chinese games.

CrossFire, a free-to-play online military shooter game made by Korean developer SmileGate in 2007, raked in US$ 1.3 billion in global sales in 2014, and still has solid sales in Vietnam.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com