Monthly Archives: December 2013

Ministry of Culture Regulates Mobile Game Industry

By | 2013-12-22T08:20:00+00:00 December 19th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

Marbridge Consulting wrote a good summary of a recent action by the Ministry of Culture regarding actions to be taken against specific mobile gaming companies found to be breaking the law. Here is the Marbridge text: China's Ministry of Culture (MOC) has released a list of mobile gaming companies found to be engaged in illegal or [...]

Annual Chinese Game Industry Joint Discussion

By | 2013-12-22T08:17:42+00:00 December 18th, 2013|Categories: China|

Chinese developers made 549 online games that were approved by regulators at the GAPP in 2013 - a record high (and there is no disclosure about the number that were not approved). Recently the Ministry of Culture said that the approval process for domestically developed games will be streamlined, though they had not spoken on behalf [...]

Rumor: Xbox One in China in 2014

By | 2013-12-22T08:16:45+00:00 December 17th, 2013|Categories: China|

Niko Partners was asked by VentureBeat to comment on a Kotaku article regarding a statement by an executive at China's Funshion online video company regarding the plans for Microsoft to launch Xbox One in China in 2014. The Kotaku post correctly identified Funshion as a division of BesTV, the Shanghai-based IPTV company that received much attention [...]

Chinese Game Market Size Estimates

By | 2013-12-15T07:30:51+00:00 December 15th, 2013|Categories: China|

The China Game Industry Annual Conference reported that the total revenue of the Chinese games industry (client-based online, mobile, webgames, "home games," console games, handheld games) was 123 billion RMB ($20 billion USD). Niko's estimate for 2013 is $11.9 billion for PC games and $1.2 billion for mobile games, and we are doubtful that the total [...]

Bitcoin Not Allowed as Legal Tender in China

By | 2013-12-15T07:35:31+00:00 December 14th, 2013|Categories: China|

Regulators in China have stated that Bitcoin cannot be used as legal tender for purchases, mortgages, investments, and more, but that individuals have the freedom to use bitcoins as a trade commodity on the Internet as they wish. The regulation is not final and does not ban the use of bitcoins altogether in China.

Apple Signs Deal with China Mobile

By | 2013-12-15T07:33:48+00:00 December 13th, 2013|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

It has been a long time in the making, but press reports say that Apple has finally signed a deal with China Mobile, with more than 700 million subscribers, to sell the iPhone in China. This is the last of the 3 major Chinese mobile carriers to sign a deal with Apple. A Techcrunch post said [...]

Tencent’s First Batch of Mobile Games

By | 2013-12-11T07:33:45+00:00 December 11th, 2013|Categories: China, Tencent|

Tencent has 570 million registered users for its initial batch of smartphone games, and the first 5 games it released soared to the top of the charts instantly. Tencent has the Midas touch, and is actively pursuing a mobile games (and entertainment) business line.

Ministry of Culture Establishes New Censorship Regulations

By | 2013-12-15T07:32:53+00:00 December 11th, 2013|Categories: China|

The Ministry of Culture issued a new set of regulations for content published on the Internet, called "Management Approach for Internet Culture Business Units Self Censorship," and it took effect December 1st. The rules for online games will not change, but the process for content approval and censorship will be simplified and optimized. The MOC says [...]

Three Kingdoms Theme Declining

By | 2013-12-15T07:31:48+00:00 December 10th, 2013|Categories: China|

A Chinese article in Gamelook reported that the theme of the "Three Kingdoms" has finally (finally!) started to fall out of favor among Chinese gamers, at least in the mobile games space. In 2013 the Three Kingdoms themed games did not make it into the Top 50 mobile games lists.

Southeast Asian Games Market Revenue Expected to Double, Reach $1.2 Billion by 2017

By | 2013-12-06T12:07:30+00:00 December 5th, 2013|Categories: Press Releases|

SAN JOSE, Calif. - December 3, 2013 - Niko Partners, the Leader in Asian Games Market Intelligence™, today announced the availability of its 2013 Southeast Asian Game Market Regional Report covering the dynamic regional market that includes Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Southeast Asian online games market is projected to double in size by [...]