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Niko News: Tencent’s PC Games Revenue is Larger than Reports Reflect

By | 2017-08-04T05:23:53+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: Conferences, eSports, Niko News, Singapore, Southeast Asia, Tencent|

Tencent’s PC Games Revenue is Larger than Reports Reflect According to Tencent’s Q1 2017 financial release dated 17 May 2017, total online games revenue in the first quarter was 22,800 million RMB ($3,360 million). That’s $3 billion in one quarter alone, just from online games! The financial report says that PC client-based games revenue was 14,100 [...]

Niko News: ChinaJoy 2017

By | 2017-08-04T05:20:26+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Categories: Conferences, eSports, Niko News, Philippines|

ChinaJoy 2017 Niko Partners will be attending ChinaJoy 2017 next week and giving two presentations - one on the global state of video games and one on esports in China. If you would like to schedule a meeting with us, please contact Lisa via email or WeChat (id: lisacosmashanson) Read about it China Censors Whatsapp Users [...]

Niko News: Apple Removes Nearly 60k Chinese Apps

By | 2017-08-04T05:19:23+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Apple, Niko News, Tencent|

Apple Removes Nearly 60k Chinese Apps from the App Store Between June 10th and June 21st, Apple removed around 58,000 Chinese apps from the App Store. About a third of the games were gaming apps. It has been noted that Apple routinely removes apps every 2-3 months, however, this was a larger mass removal than previous [...]

Niko News: Tencent’s 5-Year Esports Plan

By | 2017-07-03T12:30:39+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Categories: Niko News, Philippines, Tencent, Valve|

Tencent's 5-Year Esports Plan Tencent has unveiled their 5-year esports plan for the Chinese market as of last week. The plan revolves around more esports leagues, tournaments, esports associations, and esports-themed industrial parks tentatively with stadiums and training facilities. Their expectation is that China will become the biggest esports market in the world. Niko views esports [...]

Niko News: E3 2017

By | 2017-06-19T11:31:44+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Categories: Niko News|

E3 2017 E3 felt different this year (in a good way) - more like it was years ago when it was an important destination for the games industry. It was exciting, absolutely crowded, and several of the booths were very impressive with a big focus on esports and some on VR. In the past few years [...]

Niko News: Blizzard Selling Overwatch Credits in China

By | 2017-06-19T11:21:06+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Categories: Consoles, Mobile Game Industry, Niko News|

Blizzard Selling Overwatch Credits in China In accordance with the new regulations in China that require online game operators to disclose probability rates for random-chance loot boxes, Blizzard (through their JV with NetEase) announced their probability data. However, they are now taking a step beyond this effort and no longer selling loot boxes. Instead, in a [...]

Niko News: VNG Plans US IPO

By | 2017-06-05T10:41:20+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Categories: China, Consoles, Niko News, Vietnam|

VNG Plans US IPO VNG Corp has signed a preliminary agreement with Nasdaq Inc to explore an IPO. VNG, founded in 2004, has long been a strong operator in Vietnam. Vietnam, along with Indonesia and Thailand, are three of the countries we recommend watching for the highest revenue and growth potential as of our 2016 Southeast [...]

Niko News: Jury to Decide Owner of Dota

By | 2017-05-31T07:04:11+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: Niko News|

Jury to Decide Owner of Dota According to Ars Tecnhica, “Defense of the Ancient's path from an ultra-popular Warcraft III mod to the core of Valve's ultra-popular MOBA, Dota 2, is a long and confusing saga. Now, two developers working on their own mobile versions of Dota are arguing in court that Valve didn't actually acquire [...]

China On Track to Phase Out Paper Money

By | 2017-05-31T07:19:50+00:00 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 | 2017-05-17T14:17:04+00:00 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 [...]