Monthly Archives: October 2013

31 10, 2013

WeChat Users Exceed 600 Million

2013-10-31T18:40:08+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, Tencent|

WeChat now has more than 600 million users, 100 million of whom are overseas. This is up from 400 million even as recently as July, at which point there were 70 million overseas users. This surge in growth is one of the reasons that WeChat's new game channel cannot be ignored as an important distribution path [...]

30 10, 2013

MIIT Requires Handset Makers to List Pre-Installed Apps

2013-10-31T18:39:16+00:00 October 30th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

China's Ministry of Industry and Info Technology (MIIT) announced regulations regarding preloaded software on smartphones. Evidently, it is common in China that an Android phone will come with 20-30 preloaded apps that cannot be uninstalled, and yet they can share user information or even lead to charges on the user's bill without their true knowledge. The [...]

29 10, 2013

WeChat Games Setting Records

2013-10-31T18:38:15+00:00 October 29th, 2013|Categories: Mobile Game Industry, Tencent|

Another WeChat game sets a record - this time it is called Tian Tian Ku Pao, and it is a running game. The game launched September 16th and according to, it has already generated 100 million RMB in revenue and has maintained 1st place on the App Store ranking. There are monetization opportunities built into the game, but [...]

24 10, 2013

Chinese Gamers Embrace Diverse Genres, Platforms, Spending Behavior

2013-10-25T09:44:28+00:00 October 24th, 2013|Categories: Press Releases|

SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 23, 2013 - Niko Partners, the leader in Asian Games Market Intelligence™, today announced findings from their latest reports: Chinese Gamers Report 2013 and the Quarterly Home Gamer Survey and Monthly I-café Games Usage Data. The in-depth research and analysis shows that Chinese gamers are savvy, discerning, opportunistic, and hungry for gaming [...]

10 10, 2013

7-Eleven Selling Tablets in Taiwan

2013-10-14T11:09:04+00:00 October 10th, 2013|Categories: China|

7-Eleven is a primary distributor of e-vouchers and game cards throughout Southeast Asia and in Taiwan. It is also gradually becoming a "cool place to hang out" in Indonesia, with live bands and evening entertainment reported at some of the outlets. In Taiwan, the 7-Eleven presence has grown even more. According to a post on Engadget, [...]

9 10, 2013

Chinese Investment in US Grows

2013-10-14T11:08:14+00:00 October 9th, 2013|Categories: China|

In the US we often talk about the huge Chinese consumer market, but it is interesting to see that China invested $4.05 billion in the US in 2012, 123.5% up from 2011 according to data released by the Chinese government in September 2013. That $4.05 billion is less than 5% of the total overseas investment by [...]

8 10, 2013

Vietnam Overturns Ban on New Online Game Licenses

2013-10-14T11:07:28+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Categories: Vietnam|

Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications overturned the ban on new online game licenses that had plagued the local games industry for three full years. As of September 1st the ban is no longer in place, though it is vague as to what games will be approved for a true license. It should be noted that despite the [...]

2 10, 2013

China’s Free Trade Zone

2013-10-05T12:10:03+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Categories: China|

China's central government announced the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone on Friday, and then the zone went quickly into action on Sunday. This is momentous because it opens up much for free trade and financial system liberation, and the idea is to test openness within the FTZ and then possibly extend it to the rest of China. [...]