Monthly Archives: February 2014

Niko News Roundup: Shanghai FTZ regulations to be announced soon

By | February 28th, 2014|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, Shanda|

The Shanghai FTZ We eagerly await more detail regarding the regulations governing consoles in the China (Shanghai) Free Trade Pilot Zone. Gamelook said that the details should be coming shortly, or at least a temporary plan should be coming shortly. It seems that international versions of Xbox One and PS4 are already being sold on Taobao.com, [...]

Niko News Roundup: Giant Interactive Going Private

By | February 14th, 2014|Categories: Giant Interactive, Mobile Game Industry, Southeast Asia, Vietnam|

The Flappy Bird Saga The Flappy Bird saga has been all over the game industry the past few weeks - from the game's surprising origins (created by a single developer, Dong Nguyen, in Vietnam) to its meteoric/questionable rise in the app stores, and now the controversial deletion of the game permanently by Nguyen. Forbes has a [...]

Niko News Roundup: Perfect World Acquires Gamersky & 3DM

By | February 7th, 2014|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, Perfect World, Tencent|

Tencent vs. Alibaba in the New Year Tencent and Alibaba extend their rivalry in the revelry of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Messages sent via Tencent's WeChat have replaced those sent via traditional text, and Tencent promoted sending virtual "Hong bao" (red envelopes with electronic delivery of real money) to friends and family rather than deliver [...]