The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced that more Free Trade Zones are planned for the future, based on the success and enthusiasm of the recently declared Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone. Other cities applying for FTZ status are Guangzhou, Tianjin, Dalian and Chongqing. FTZs already exist in other cities, including Shenzhen. Each zone will determine [...]
Xiaomi released data about mobile games through app.xiaomi.com during the National Day holiday period in October. Here are their disclosed metrics: 50 new games in total were launched on Xiaomi Game Center in Oct, 10 of which were debut launch titles. October's top 10 downloads for mobile game are "Mine Rush" (Tian Tian Pao Ku), "Temple Run 2", "Rhythm [...]
The week of November 10th, we issued a proprietary mini-survey on the usage of Dota 2 in China. Dota 2, the standalone sequel to Valve's Defense of the Ancients (Dota) that was based on a Warcraft 3 mod, licensed to and operated in mainland China by Perfect World, has been highly anticipated in China. However, as [...]
According to the latest Canalys report, Samsung shipped 21% of the 100 million smartphones purchased in China in Q3, maintaining its #1 position in the market. Apple is #5. Lenovo, Coolpad and Huawei took positions #2, 3 and 4, and are all Chinese companies.
Single's Day used to be the chagrin of Chinese adults who are still single, though the identification of November 11th as the day for singles is because it is 1 1 1 1 (all ones). Recently the day has turned into a shopping craze with promotions and chaos. As noted in the NY Times, Alibaba, China's [...]
An interesting article in Business Week discusses how South Korea transformed from a nation of savers to a nation of spenders, with 5 credit cards per capita according to the Bank of Korea. Savings dropped to 3.4% and the country spends heavily on credit cards now. China has very low credit card usage but with the [...]
LOCOJOY announced that it will launch the PC client, Windows Phone and browser versions of the incredibly popular I'm MT Online mobile game in November. Currently the mobile hit game has more than 2.3 million daily active users out of 30 million registered users (according to Marbridge Daily).
Finally, a new MMORPG has reached the Top 5 list in China. Tencent launched the China-developed game (Asura) in September and it is now quite popular. A brief review of the game was on Kotaku recently. Niko's October I-café Games Usage Data shows that Asura achieved #2 in terms of the number of game launches and [...]
Asiasoft Corporation is headquartered in Thailand and the stock is publicly traded there. Recent financial reports show that the regional online game operator, one of the few truly serving the entire SE Asian region, has seen a decline in revenue from PC online games. The main reason is that the company's portfolio of games is [...]