Monthly Archives: September 2013

29 09, 2013

Niko Opinion: China’s Government Lifts the Ban on Game Consoles. What Happens Now?

2013-09-29T21:42:58+00:00 September 29th, 2013|Categories: China, Consoles|Tags: |

On September 27, the State Council of the People's Republic of China announced the reversal of a policy that has been in place since the year 2000: the ban on the sale of game consoles in China. Earlier this year there were rumors that the ban would be overturned, but since we’d been hearing those rumors for [...]

27 09, 2013

Taiwan & Mainland China Game Industry Regulations

2013-09-28T14:06:35+00:00 September 27th, 2013|Categories: China, Taiwan|

A regulatory policy was put into place to allow further cooperation between games industry companies and other e-commerce companies located in mainland China and Taiwan. Taiwanese media stated that with the new agreement Taiwanese-headquartered companies can now own up to 55% of companies located in mainland China, and that the censorship period for Taiwanese games to [...]

26 09, 2013

NetEase to Operate Hearthstone in China

2013-09-28T14:05:10+00:00 September 26th, 2013|Categories: China, NetEase|

NetEase's 163.com web portal will soon launch the closed beta of Blizzard's F2P strategy card game, Hearthstone. The game will run on PC but soon will also be available on mobile (tablets). In a time when global usage of World of Warcraft is declining, this is potentially important for Blizzard and for NetEase.

25 09, 2013

Microsoft Enters JV with BesTV in Shanghai

2013-09-28T14:04:24+00:00 September 25th, 2013|Categories: China, Consoles|

Microsoft entering a joint venture with BesTV in Shanghai is potentially quite interesting for Microsoft, and as a follow on it could become quite interesting for the console segment. On the other hand, there is no specific language about true console hardware or console sales in the Chinese announcement of the JV. BesTV has offered TV-based [...]

19 09, 2013

Shanda Discontinues RIFT License

2013-09-22T07:08:05+00:00 September 19th, 2013|Categories: China, Shanda|

In a brief statement Shanda announced that Trion Worlds RIFT will shut down on November 15th in the China market. The game has already closed in Korea. There was no specific reason listed for the shut down.

18 09, 2013

PvZ2: Its About Time Launches in China

2013-09-22T07:07:08+00:00 September 18th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time launched last week on Android in China on multiple distribution platforms. PopCap estimated 10 million downloads the first day. PvZ2 on iOS has achieved great success in China already, and had more than 20 million downloads and was ranked #1 in the App store rankings.

17 09, 2013

DOTA 2’s Closed Beta

2013-09-22T07:06:07+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Categories: China, Perfect World|

A highly anticipated closed beta launch of Valve's DOTA 2 will take place in China this month. The game is operated by Perfect World in China, and is already very popular throughout Asia.

16 09, 2013

Sony Launching PS Vita TV in Asia

2013-09-22T07:05:02+00:00 September 16th, 2013|Categories: Consoles|

Sony Computer Entertainment will launch PS Vita TV in Asia soon, but has no current plans for Europe or North America. Andrew House, president and group CEO of SCE, says that the company has high expectations for all SCE products in China and is hopeful that the Chinese government will overturn the ban on consoles so [...]

13 09, 2013

NetEase Promotes Competitive Gaming

2013-09-15T06:34:49+00:00 September 13th, 2013|Categories: China, NetEase|

The CEO of NetEase, William Ding, announced the company's intent to develop competitive gaming in China via investment in "mianbo xingdong" ("bread campaign"). Look for a NetEase sponsored e-sports competition at the end of this year featuring some of the hottest competitive MMORPGs.   Meanwhile, as Marbridge Consulting reported in the Marbridge Daily, at the end [...]

12 09, 2013

400 Million Chinese Can’t Speak Mandarin

2013-09-15T06:33:40+00:00 September 12th, 2013|Categories: China|

There are many dialects and languages spoken in China and there are 56 ethnic groups. When people talk about the "one child policy" they refer to a rule that applies only to the largest group, the Han, who make up more than 90% of the population. The minority ethnic groups are permitted to have more than one child, [...]