Monthly Archives: July 2013

China’s Game Industry Report 2013 January-June

By | 2013-08-02T08:30:49+00:00 July 31st, 2013|Categories: China|

31.3 billion RMB in PC online games = $5.1 billion, and Niko's forecast made in April 2013 for PC online games for the full calendar year is $11.9 billion. The CGIA report also noted that webgames may have reached mature growth in mainland China, which aligns with Niko's analysis in our 2013 PC Online Games Market [...]

Photos from China Joy

By | 2013-08-02T08:28:51+00:00 July 30th, 2013|Categories: Conferences|

Enjoy 260 photos from ChinaJoy, posted by Techinasia.com. Considering the Niko attendees to China Joy didn't take any photos, this is very helpful! You'll get a good visual on the booth babes, the booths themselves and the sheer size of the show from these photos.

China Joy 2013 Recap

By | 2013-08-02T08:29:14+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Categories: China, Conferences|

Last week China Joy took place in Shanghai. Lisa Hanson and Xiaofeng Zeng represented Niko Partners at the exhibition and conference. Overall we got a sense that client-based MMOGs are here to stay, that mobile games are what everyone wants to talk about, that Chinese game developers are taking a much closer look at international markets [...]

China’s Internet User Base Nears 600 Million

By | 2013-07-25T09:42:10+00:00 July 26th, 2013|Categories: China|

CNNIC released the 32nd Statistical Report on the Internet in China this week. There are now 591 million Internet users, 464 million mobile Internet users, and Internet users spend an average of 21.7 hours per week online. In addition, online games has slipped in the ranking of leading Internet applications from #5 a couple of years [...]

91.com Mobile App Store Sold to Baidu

By | 2013-07-25T09:40:03+00:00 July 25th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, NetDragon|

NetDragon had considered listing its 91.com mobile app store on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange but this week announced that it has agreed to sell the entity to Chinese Baidu for $1.09 billion. In 2012, app downloads from 91.com surpassed 10 billion, and is recognized as one of the top three app stores in China.

Popular PC Game Launched as a Webgame

By | 2013-07-25T09:38:04+00:00 July 24th, 2013|Categories: China|

China's Dream Square, founded in 2009 by a young former executive of 9You, is a hot webgame and mobile game development firm in Shanghai. The company was chosen as one of the "2012 China's Top 10 Emerging Game Companies" by the China Game Industry Annual Conference in January. The company licensed the rights to develop PAL [...]

China Joy 2013

By | 2013-07-25T09:36:11+00:00 July 23rd, 2013|Categories: China, Conferences|

China Joy takes place this week in Shanghai July 25-27 and Niko Partners will attend the show. If nothing else, the cosplayers and very loud music at each booth will be entertaining, especially in the 100 degree heat. :)

Chinese Consumers Move Online Game Spending From Internet Cafes to Home & Mobile Gaming

By | 2013-07-17T11:19:02+00:00 July 17th, 2013|Categories: Press Releases|

Internet Cafes still important, but shift to home and mobile gaming continues to alter market SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 11, 2013 - Niko Partners, the leader in Asian Games Market Intelligence™, today announced the availability of Location of Gameplay and Gaming Hardware Report, 2013, the latest market update with detailed data on gamer preferences, actual [...]

Ragnarok Online Prequel

By | 2013-07-15T08:28:37+00:00 July 12th, 2013|Categories: China|

Chinese developer Dream² is currently working on a browser-based edition of the massively multiplayer online role-playing franchise Ragnarok Online, according to MMO Culture.

Will China’s Console Ban be Overturned?

By | 2013-07-11T12:16:36+00:00 July 11th, 2013|Categories: China, Consoles|

It is the opinion of Niko Partners that it is very unlikely that China's long-standing ban on consoles will be overturned in the near future. The South China Morning Post article published this week referenced a Free Trade Zone in Shanghai endorsed by the highest levels of Chinese government. This is true, and was announced a [...]