This week’s headlines: WeGame to launch new titles, NetEase goes all in on Battle Royale, Alibaba generates $25.3bn in one day

To get each week’s headlines, with our analysis, delivered to your inbox every Thursday subscribe to our weekly email Niko News. WeGame to launch new titles before end of year WeGame to launch new titles before end of year   Tencent has announced that it will launch a number of new AAA and indie buy-to-play (B2P) titles on [...]

2017-11-16T19:38:10+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Will China ban PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds?

A recent statement from the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing association (CADPA) has thrown Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds into the spotlight with many speculating that the game could be banned in China. After careful review, we believe that the CADPA statement isn’t what it appears to be. Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), developed by South Korean games company Bluehole, launched [...]

2017-11-08T12:13:42+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

This week’s headlines: Sea (Garena) IPO, $1 billion RMB esports hub planned, China box office to reach $55 billion RMB

To get each week’s headlines, with our analysis, delivered to your inbox every Thursday subscribe to our weekly email Niko News. Sea Ltd (Garena) ends first day on NYSE up 8% Sea Ltd (Garena) ends first day on NYSE up 8%   Sea Ltd, the gaming and e-commerce company formally known as Garena, closed its first day of [...]

2017-10-27T07:50:58+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

This week’s headlines: Blizzard sues Overwatch clone, suit to ban iPhones in China, One DOTA 2 returns to Malaysia

To get each week's headlines, with our analysis, delivered to your inbox every Thursday subscribe to our weekly email Niko News. The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China opened Wednesday The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China opened Wednesday On behalf of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC, President Xi Jinping [...]

2017-10-19T07:31:46+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

$2.8 billion Taiwan games market, Tencent and NetEase dominate mobile charts, Arena of Valor expands in Southeast Asia

Niko Partners' initial study on Taiwan projects a $2.8 billion market We’re pleased to announce our first study of the Taiwan games market. As the largest games market in Greater Southeast Asia, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) is a market in its own right and very distinct from mainland China in terms of gamer behavior, local game development, [...]

2017-10-12T17:48:26+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Gamers review bomb PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, China’s Overwatch Esports Team, Tips for Publishing Games in China

Tips for Publishing Games in ChinaTips for Publishing Games in China Our senior analyst, Zeng Xiaofeng, spoke with Like Winkie at Gamasutra to provide some thoughts on the key points that Western publishers need to understand when trying to break into the China games market. The feature lists four major points that are essential reading for [...]

2017-10-09T12:47:30+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Arena of Valor comes to Nintendo Switch, Steam tops 20 million driven by PubG, China still blocking Korean games

Arena of Valor comes to Nintendo Switch Tencent has announced that it will bring Arena of Valor, its hugely successful MOBA game, to Nintendo Switch this Winter. Arena of Valor, which is known as Honor of Kings in China, is a free to play MOBA game which has over 50 million daily active users and over [...]

2017-09-21T11:38:37+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Malaysia blocks Steam, Esports’ glass ceiling, Perfect World to host DOTA 2 minor

Malaysia blocks Steam for a day Malaysia blocked Steam on September 8th for 24 hours over a controversial game that was published to the store. Fight of Gods, published by PQube games, features religious figures such as Jesus and Buddha fighting each other. Malaysian officials said the game would disrupt religious harmony in the country and [...]

2017-09-18T21:24:47+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

China bans ICOs, Apple accepts WeChat Pay, the key to Honor of Kings success

China bans fundraising through ICOs China has banned and made illegal the practice of raising funds through digital token based initial coin offerings (ICO). The rise of cryptocurrencies has led to $2.2 billion having been raised through ICOs this year alone. Chinese regulators have described initial coin offerings as “a form of unapproved illegal public financing” [...]

2017-09-11T13:18:48+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Categories: China, eSports, Honor of Kings, Mobile Games, NetEase, Perfect World, Uncategorized|

Niko News: Chinese Overseas Investments Now Restricted

Chinese Overseas Investments Now Restricted China has tightened the reins on external investment to combat rising debt ratios for domestic companies. One of the “restricted” areas is “entertainment." We are not lawyers, but this seems to include digital gaming. We will work with our friends at Pillar Legal to sort out what it really means for [...]

2017-08-24T07:45:11+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Categories: China, VR/AR/MR|