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1 06, 2017

The 2017 China PC Online Games Market Topic Report: trends driving major changes in genres and categories

2017-06-01T08:46:12+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: China, Niko Analysis|

The China PC Online Games Market Topic Report, the 1st of 5 companion reports to Niko’s 2017 China Digital Games Market Data Report, is now available. Key takeaways about the Chinese PC online games market in 2017 include: Despite the rapid ascent of Mobile games and the legal launch of consoles in 2015 after a 14-year [...]

7 04, 2017

Niko News: China Opens 7 More Free Trade Zones

2017-04-07T06:56:16+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Categories: Alibaba, China, Tencent|

China Celebrates Annual Qingming Festival The Qingming (or Ching Ming) Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day, is a traditional Chinese festival on the first day of the fifth solar term of the traditional Chinese calendar. This year it took place on April 4th and the holiday was officially reinstated in China 9 years ago. People celebrate [...]

20 02, 2017

Midnight Ban in China Combats Online Game Addiction

2017-03-06T20:30:50+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Categories: China, Niko Analysis|

China’s Internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), published draft regulations back in October 2016 that are designed to protect minors (citizens under 18) online. An updated draft of the regulations was published last month and is set to be finalized shortly. These regulations plan to address growing concerns around Internet privacy, cyberbullying and online [...]

13 02, 2017

Chinese Companies Hold 46% Mobile Phone Market In India

2017-03-06T20:30:50+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: Consoles, Mobile Games, NetEase|

Chinese Companies Hold 46% Mobile Phone Market In India According to Counterpoint Research, Chinese companies were listed as four of the top five smartphone brands in India as of 2016. Vivo, Xiaomi, Lenovo and Oppo (which is now leading the way in China) were the four brands eating up India's market share. Samsung led the way, [...]

6 02, 2017

The 4 Things a Great Mobile eSports Title Needs in China

2017-03-06T20:30:50+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Categories: China, Mobile Games|

Mobile eSports has grown to such an extent in China that it has become its own segment, separate from PC-based eSports. The Chinese government was quick to recognize the growing Mobile eSports market and the Ministry of Culture created the Mobile eSports Game Association in early 2016. The first Chinese Mobile eSports Games (CMEG) conference took [...]

3 02, 2017

Niko Partners: Top Predictions for the 2017 Digital Games Market in China and Southeast Asia

2017-03-06T20:30:50+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Niko Analysis|

In celebration of our 15th anniversary of delivering clients high-integrity market intelligence on the Chinese and Southeast Asian digital games industry, Niko Partners offers you our Top 15 predictions about the 2017 digital games industry in the markets we cover: Mainland China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 1. More than 500 million will [...]

13 01, 2017

New AR Game Regulations in China

2017-03-06T20:30:50+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Categories: China|

Chinese Regulators Indicate a Ban on All Future AR+LBS Games It appears that Pokemon will not Go in China. Reuters reports that SAPPRFT is concluding its review of a recommendation by a government body that states that Augmented Reality and Location Based Services (AR+LBS) games are dangerous for personal safety and national geo-security. If that is [...]

22 12, 2016

League of Legends Strikes Deal with MLB

2017-03-06T20:30:50+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Southeast Asia|

Kabam to Sell Assets to South Korea's Netmarble Kabam is selling a majority of their assets to Netmarble in Q1 2017. The most notable asset is Kabam's Vancouver studio, which according to Gamesindustry.biz, "has proven its worth with the popular Marvel Contest of Champions game, which has grossed over $450 million since launching in December 2014, [...]

15 12, 2016

China’s Newest Online Gaming Regulations – Explained

2017-03-06T20:30:50+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Philippines, Singapore, Tencent, Vietnam|

Pokemon Go in Southeast Asia While Pokemon Go's popularity has subsided in parts of the western world, the game is still a hit in Southeast Asia and brands are continuing to embrace the augmented reality game. Companies throughout Vietnam, the Philippines, Singapore and beyond have signed licensing agreements with Nintendo. China's Newest Online Gaming Regulations - [...]

8 12, 2016

New MOC Rule for Virtual Currencies in China

2017-03-06T20:30:51+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Mobile Games, Singapore|

New MOC Rule for Virtual Currencies The latest regulation to apply to virtual game currencies in video games has been released under the MOC, even though the SAPPRFT released a similar regulation on July 1st. Either way, the rule will be implemented on May 1st, 2017 so operators have six months to adjust. The ruling states [...]