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|

China Unicom to Raise $11.7 Billion from Private Firms

China Unicom to Raise $11.7 Billion from Private Firms China Unicom is said to be raising $11.7 billion from investors including the likes of Tencent and Alibaba. China Unicom will be the first of the state-run telecom entities to receive private capital and mixed ownership. China Mobile is still the world's largest mobile phone operator in [...]

2017-08-18T12:49:48+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: China, China Telecom, eSports, NetEase, Taiwan|

Niko News: Philippines Government Announces Support for Esports

Philippines Government Announces Support for Esports The Philippines' Games and Amusement Board has officially begun to recognize esports and competitive computer/video gaming as a professional activity. The GAB has licensed several Filipino Dota 2 players to travel to the USA for the International - previously, they would sign on with Chinese teams. However, there may also [...]

2017-08-18T12:43:13+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Categories: eSports, Niko News|

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

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 [...]

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 million RMB ($2,070 million) and mobile games revenue was [...]

2017-07-31T21:25:50+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: China, PC Games, Tencent|

Niko News: ChinaJoy 2017

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 [...]

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

Honor of Kings Restricts Play for Minors

The largest games company in the world, Tencent has been making headlines recently due to continued investment in overseas and domestic games companies, its ever-growing market cap, and the hit mobile game Honor of Kings. This July, Tencent introduced restrictions on Honor of Kings players under 12 years old, restricting them to only one hour of [...]

2017-08-14T10:21:18+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Categories: China, Honor of Kings|