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China On Track to Phase Out Paper Money

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: China, Niko News, Philippines, Xiaomi|

China On Track to Phase Out Paper Money China was the first country to introduce paper money in 740 B.C. and now it is believed that China may be the first country to phase it out completely. According to the article on Motherboard (NSFW), "Pretty much every shop, restaurant and bar accepts WeChat and/or Alipay these [...]

Niko News: Apple Faces Falling Sales in China

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Niko News|

Apple Faces Falling Sales in China The world's most valuable tech company had an average fiscal quarter with declining iPhone sales and slowing demand, despite becoming the first US company to reach a market cap of $800 billion this week. Apple is facing fierce competition in China from OPPO, Vivo, Huawei, Xiaomi - domestic brands that [...]

Niko News: Overwatch Passes 30 Million Players

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Blizzard, China, Conferences, Niko News, Tencent|

Overwatch Passes 30 Million Players Blizzard Entertainment announced this week that Overwatch, its team-based shooter, has passed 30 million players since its launch a year ago. They recently announced hitting the 25 million mark in January. There is no clear delineation on what percentage of these players are on PC or Xbox One or PlayStation 4. [...]

Niko News: Tencent Bringing Rocket League to China

By | May 1st, 2017|Categories: Niko News|

Tencent Bringing Rocket League to China Tencent has announced that they are bringing Psyonix's Rocket League to China. We have anticipated that it would be a great game for China's console market due to its emphasis on fun and racing, rather than any bloody violence. The console version also has built-in filters where players can choose [...]

Niko News: 2022 Asian Games Adds Esports

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: eSports, Singapore, Tencent|

2022 Asian Games Adds Esports Esports will now be an official medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The Olympic Council of Asia has also been working with Alisports to include esports in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkemnistan and in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia next year, but [...]

Niko News: Alibaba’s Sports Business Raises Over $1 Billion in Funding

By | April 17th, 2017|Categories: Alibaba, AR/VR, Niko News, Tencent|

Alibaba's Sports Business Raises Over $1 Billion RMB in Series A Funding Alibaba Sports has confirmed that they have raised RMB 1.2 billion (approximately $17 million USD) at a valuation of RMB 7 billion ($100 million USD). The funding round is being led by Yunfeng Capital and will also include Taiping Guofa Dingsheng Capital and Qianheng [...]

New Regulations on Chinese Mobile App Collection of User Data

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Mobile Game Industry|

China's eSports Industry The Game Publishers Association Publications Committee (GPC) of The China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association and Gamma Data jointly published the "2016 Q1 Chinese eSports Industry Report." The report shows that in Q1 China's eSports market generated RMB 12.1 billion revenue, and the game streaming market size reached RMB 520 million. Mobile eSports [...]

Tencent Consortium Acquires Supercell

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Conferences, Tencent, Vietnam|

E3 2016 Niko staff combed the halls of E3 2016 to see how Chinese firms would participate and what they would choose to reveal in this setting. Seventeen Chinese companies attended E3 this year, compared to 16 in 2015 and five in 2014. The list includes NetEase, Perfect World, Gamedo Co., Locojoy, MobileFish Co., Tencent (who [...]

World of Warcraft: the Beginning’s Massive Launch in China

By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: China, Conferences, Singapore|

E3 2016 One of the game industry's biggest annual events, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is taking place this week in Los Angeles. We will have more updates and analysis on the Asian-related E3 news during next week's Niko News. In the meantime, as publishers continue to make their announcements throughout the week, we recommend checking out [...]

Brace Yourself for New Chinese Government Regulations

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: China, Indonesia, Mobile Game Industry|

Happy Dragon Boat Festival! The Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwu Festival) is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan). The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar. Kakao Teaming Up with Nox App Player We have seen a [...]