This week’s headlines: Esports drives gaming hardware growth, battle royale comes to Honor of Kings

China seeks to regulate Wild West of Esports The Director of Electronic Sports at the General Administration of Sports said in an interview that the next step in a growing esports industry is regulation and sustainability. Exactly how esports will be regulated and to what extent the government will dedicate resources to develop the industry are [...]

2017-12-07T18:05:16+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

This week’s headlines: Tencent goes all in on battle royale, China to become largest film market

The competitive ecosystem of PUBG We never would have predicted that a chicken could represent the battle royale genre. Do you know how to say “winner winner, chicken dinner” in Chinese? Thanks to the multiplayer game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), the answer now blankets the Chinese internet: 大吉大利,今晚吃鸡 (“Luck be with you, tonight we are eating chicken.”) [...]

2017-11-30T14:45:25+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

This week’s headlines: Tencent to operate PUBG in China, Tencent and NetEase Q3 earnings, Razer’s new gaming phone

Tencent and NetEase earnings roundup Tencent and NetEase both released Q3 earnings earlier this month. Tencent and NetEase continue to demonstrate growth and solidify their positions as the #1 and #2 gaming companies from China. Both companies continue to grow engagement and spend across existing titles and invest in new IP, genres and geographies to grow [...]

2017-11-27T08:18:36+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Analysis of Q3 2017 financial results of Tencent and NetEase

Tencent Summary: Q3 net revenue = RMB 65.2 billion ($9.8 billion), an increase of 61% YoY. Profit for the period was RMB 18 billion ($2.7 billion), an increase of 67% YoY.   NetEase Summary: Q3 net revenue = RMB 12.5 billion ($1.9 billion), an increase of 35.5% YoY. Profit for the period was RMB 2.5 billion [...]

2017-11-21T08:04:30+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

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|