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20 03, 2015

China May Revise One Child Policy Further

2015-03-20T08:23:27+00:00 March 20th, 2015|Categories: China|

China May Revise One Child Policy Further China may further revise its family planning laws, after a relaxation in the controversial "one child" policy did not result in the expected level of increase in births. The goal was to increase the number of births, particularly for families where one of the parents was an only child. [...]

13 03, 2015

Sony PS4 to Launch on March 20th in China

2015-03-13T06:28:21+00:00 March 13th, 2015|Categories: Alibaba, China, Consoles, Indonesia|

Sony PS4 to Launch on March 20th in China Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia (SCEJA) announced that more than two months after the planned launch, it will finally actually launch the PS4 and PS Vita in mainland China on March 20th. The company has not stated the actual reasons for the delay, but as Niko Partners [...]

26 02, 2015

NetEase Opens North America Office

2015-02-26T10:37:42+00:00 February 26th, 2015|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, NetEase, Niko Analysis, Philippines|

Niko on Forbes.com Check out Lisa Hanson's latest Forbes.com post, which was promoted on the Forbes Asia homepage. The article is The Chinese Internet Gets a Stronger Backbone. It has lots of interesting facts about the Internet infrastructure. NetEase Opens North America Office NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES) set up an office in North America, located in California, [...]

24 02, 2015

The Chinese Internet Gets A Stronger Backbone

2015-03-27T14:53:01+00:00 February 24th, 2015|Categories: China, Forbes Column|

China’s Internet users are about to get a major upgrade. This past October, the Chinese government completed a two-year, 2.92 billion RMB project to dramatically build out the country’s core Internet infrastructure. This upgrade will have a profound effect across the country, increasing the speed and decreasing the cost of an Internet connection, and we expect [...]

19 02, 2015

Happy Year of the Goat!

2015-02-19T12:02:15+00:00 February 19th, 2015|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, Singapore, Xiaomi|

Happy New Year! Happy Year of the Goat! - 羊年快乐! We're looking forward to an exciting 2015 and our 13th year of providing high integrity market intelligence reports and services on the Chinese and Southeast Asian digital games markets to clients around the world. Supercell to Deliver In-Game Red Envelopes Supercell, global powerhouse mobile game developer [...]

11 02, 2015

Niko’s Predictions for China’s Digital Gaming Industry in 2015

2015-03-08T18:23:06+00:00 February 11th, 2015|Categories: Niko Analysis|

2015 will be an exciting time for the multibillion-dollar digital games industry in China. We’re going to see a number of developments in the coming year, including changes in gamer preferences, company ownership patterns, and hardware availability. These trends will create opportunity for companies able to discern and anticipate the upcoming shifts. Because one thing is [...]

5 02, 2015

Indonesia Plans to Boost Game Industry

2015-02-05T11:55:26+00:00 February 5th, 2015|Categories: Alibaba, Consoles, Indonesia, Mobile Game Industry, Tencent|

NBA Partnership with Tencent The NBA announced a 5-year partnership with Tencent stating that Tencent will be the league's Exclusive Official Digital Partner of live NBA games in China for the next five seasons. Beginning next season, fans will no longer able to watch NBA games on Sina.com, letv.com and v.qq.com, but only on Tencent's platform. [...]

29 01, 2015

Local Philippines Government Censors DotA, Crossfire and Point Blank

2015-01-29T13:55:34+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Categories: Alibaba, China, eSports, Mobile Game Industry, Philippines|

Bloomberg Interview with Niko Partners The article discusses the difficulty of success in China's mobile games market compared with the rest of the world, using US-based Playdot's games TwoDots as the case study. One of Niko's data points that is used in this article shows our estimate that roughly 40% of Chinese mobile gamers spend some [...]