Niko News: Apple Removes Nearly 60k Chinese Apps

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 [...]

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

Niko News: Tencent’s 5-Year Esports Plan

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 [...]

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

Niko News: E3 2017

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 [...]

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

Niko News: Blizzard Selling Overwatch Credits in China

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 [...]

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

Niko News: VNG Plans US IPO

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Niko Partners and Sensor Tower Collaborate to Deliver Unmatched Asian Mobile Gaming Insights

We’re pleased to announce our partnership with Sensor Tower, a leading app data provider whose estimates are trusted by the world’s top grossing mobile game publishers. We’ve already incorporated Sensor Tower’s data as one of our sources for our newly released China Digital Games Market Data Report, which provides a comprehensive market model and 5-year forecast by [...]

2017-06-01T10:50:58+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: Mobile Games|

Niko News: Jury to Decide Owner of Dota

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 [...]

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

China On Track to Phase Out Paper Money

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 [...]

2017-05-31T07:19:50+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Categories: China, Niko News, Philippines, Xiaomi|

Sony PlayStation in China – Two Years In

Sony has just celebrated its second year of selling the PlayStation 4 in China. The console originally launched in China mainland back in March 2015 and since then, Sony and rival Microsoft have been trying to grow the appeal of consoles in the country. With a population of over 1.3 billion, one may think that it [...]

2017-05-17T14:48:54+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Categories: Consoles, Niko Analysis|