Monthly Archives: June 2013

Chinese PC Webgames Head to the Mobile Platform

By | June 27th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

Webgames are hardcore browser based games (many are MMORPGs) and they have taken market share from client-based games. We recently relayed a statistic that said at least 2/3 of online games exported from China in 2012 were self-developed webgames. This fast growth games segment generated about $1 billion in revenue in 2012, growing from scratch in [...]

Tencent Announces New Mobile Game Platform

By | June 26th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

Tencent announced its new mobile game platform for WeChat, Mobile QQ, QQ Game, Qzone, and My App, focusing primarily on WeChat. There are more than 300 million users of WeChat in mainland China and more than 30 million outside of China. Tencent's new mobile platform positions the company well to take advantage of all of its [...]

Online IP Piracy Crackdown Measures

By | June 25th, 2013|Categories: China|

The National Copyright Administration is adding music videos to the list of items it tries to protect from online piracy - sort of unbelievable that they were not previously included - and has also put Apple, Taobao and Amazon on the list of companies required to report procedures on how they protect IP rights of content [...]

Oculus Rift

By | June 20th, 2013|Categories: Conferences|

Lisa Cosmas Hanson tries out the Oculus Rift VR headset at E3 2013 The Oculus Rift VR headset is incredibly cool. At E3, I (Lisa Cosmas Hanson) had the opportunity to demo both the standard version and the HD version - and I was very impressed! I could visualize the technology doing very well in China, [...]

Apple Adds to Its China Commitment with Recent iOS 7 Announcement

By | June 20th, 2013|Categories: Conferences, Mobile Game Industry|

According to TechCrunch: Apple announced that a host of new features will be included in iOS 7 that should make the mobile operating system even more useful for the Chinese market, including a Chinese/English bilingual dictionary and handwriting recognition for multiple Chinese characters. But possibly the most significant bit of news in terms of iOS 7 [...]

Next Generation Consoles

By | June 19th, 2013|Categories: Consoles|

It doesn't matter much in mainland China, but the general feeling is that PS4 would dominate over Xbox One there because it allows secondhand games and it is not region locked, and it does not need to be online all the time, plus it costs $100 less than Xbox One. For other countries in Asia that [...]

Reflections on E3 Through Eyes Trained on Asia

By | June 18th, 2013|Categories: Conferences|

Not a lot going on at E3 for Asia as it was mostly consumed with console hardware and games announcements, but there are a few things to note: -The Oculus Rift VR headset would probably be a big hit with Chinese developers and hardcore gamers, and if the consumer price fits their budget, what a market [...]

Mobile Games Development Consolidation Has Begun

By | June 13th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

Jin Liu, partner at Lotus China Fund, declared that mobile game development sector consolidation has begun in China. He assumes that 60,000 developers are employed in the mobile sector and that 12,000 of them will leave shortly because of consolidation, closures or restructuring. He says that there were few VC investments in this sector in the [...]

Hardcore Webgames in China

By | June 12th, 2013|Categories: China|Tags: |

As Niko Partners has reported in the past, hardcore webgames have taken market share from MMORPGs in China. These games are played in the browser rather than via client software installed on a local PC. In the US, we recognize Kabam and Kixeye as two of the leaders in such games. Chinese webgames are often one [...]

E3 Not So Important for Chinese Games

By | June 11th, 2013|Categories: China|Tags: |

E3 is going on this week in LA but the focus, as expected, is consoles and console games. These have little importance in China and Asia. Niko Partners is attending the show and will glean information about PC online games, mobile trends, and movements of companies to and from Asia. We will report our learnings next [...]