Monthly Archives: October 2016

China’s iOS App Store Overtakes US in Spending

By | 2017-01-15T14:38:55+00:00 October 29th, 2016|Categories: China, Consoles, eSports, Mobile Game Industry, Mobile Games, Philippines|

China's iOS App Store Overtakes US in Spending Mobile analytics firm App Annie said that Chinese consumers spent USD 1.7 billion on Apple-sanctioned mobile apps in the third quarter, or about 15% higher than the nearly USD 1.45 billion spent by Americans during the same period. This is particularly remarkable considering the new regulations requiring licenses [...]

eSports Officially Endorsed By China’s Ministry of Education

By | 2017-01-15T14:38:55+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Niko Analysis, Thailand|

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej Passes Away The world's longest reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away this week at the age of 88. There will be at least 15 official days of mourning before succession can take place and then Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will ascend to the throne. Currently [...]

New Curfew for Young Gamers in China

By | 2017-01-15T14:38:55+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Southeast Asia, Thailand|

Thai King Bhumibol's Health Unstable King Bhumibol has been on the throne of Thailand since 1946, making him the world's longest reigning monarch, but he has spent much of the last year in hospital. He has recently recovered from a respiratory infection and is now being prepared for haemodialysis, a procedure used to treat kidney failure. [...]

Jagex is Now Part of a Chinese Company

By | 2017-01-15T14:38:55+00:00 October 9th, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Mobile Game Industry, Mobile Games|

Jagex is Now Part of a Chinese Company Zhongji Holding was listed on the Chinese Stock Market this past week, and subsequently bought 51% of Hongtou, the investor that acquired Jagex back in July of this year. Zhongji Holding will then purchase the remaining 49% of Hongtou during the next 12 months. Jagex was previously the [...]

Wanda Goes Head-to-Head with Disney

By | 2017-01-15T14:38:55+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Consoles, Mobile Game Industry, NetEase|

Blizzard & NetEase Renew Their Partnership Blizzard and NetEase will be entering their ninth year of partnering together to bring Blizzard's popular games to Chinese audiences. These games include World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch. The9, the operator who previously held the contract with Blizzard to bring their [...]