Distimo said after less than one week of availability, 43 percent of free and 50 percent of paid-for iPhone apps downloaded in South Korea are from the games category.

In the free category, seven of the top-ten apps are games, compared with three titles from other genres – and games also occupy the top three spots. For paid-for products the split is a more even 50/50.

In a blog post, the company’s Tiuri van Agten said that South Korea is the third biggest market for free downloads, despite the relatively small population. This, along with the recent launch of the games category, means the market “could be a major opportunity for developers all over the globe,” according to van Agten.

Games had not been sold through the App Store in South Korea until recently, following concern about the content of products.