eSports

Niko News: 2022 Asian Games Adds Esports

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: eSports, Singapore, Tencent|

2022 Asian Games Adds Esports Esports will now be an official medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The Olympic Council of Asia has also been working with Alisports to include esports in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkemnistan and in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia next year, but [...]

League of Legends Strikes Deal with MLB

By | 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, [...]

China’s Newest Online Gaming Regulations – Explained

By | 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 - [...]

New MOC Rule for Virtual Currencies in China

By | 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 [...]

Overwatch Continues to Dominate eSports Scene

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Niko Analysis, Thailand|

Prince Vajiralongkorn to Become Thailand's New King Thailand has begun the process of naming Prince Vajiralongkorn as the new king of Thailand, becoming King Rama X or the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty. According to the BBC, however, there has been a lot of uncertainty as Prince Vajiralongkorn wanted to postpone the process by at [...]

Alibaba Reorganizes Entertainment Business

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: Alibaba, eSports, Forbes Column, Mobile Game Industry, Mobile Games|

Alibaba Reorganizes Entertainment Business Alibaba Holdings Group Ltd. is undergoing consolidation of their entertainment efforts by rounding up Youku Tudou Inc., UCWeb Inc., Alibaba Pictures Group Ltd, and company's sports, games, literature, music and digital entertainment divisions into a single group. There will also be a $10 billion yuan ($1.48 billion USD) fund for new projects [...]

China’s iOS App Store Overtakes US in Spending

By | October 29th, 2016|Categories: China, Consoles, eSports, Mobile Game Industry, Mobile Games, Philippines|

China's iOS App Store Overtakes US in Spending Mobile analytics firm App Annie said that Chinese consumers spent USD 1.7 billion on Apple-sanctioned mobile apps in the third quarter, or about 15% higher than the nearly USD 1.45 billion spent by Americans during the same period. This is particularly remarkable considering the new regulations requiring licenses [...]

eSports Officially Endorsed By China’s Ministry of Education

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Niko Analysis, Thailand|

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej Passes Away The world's longest reigning monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away this week at the age of 88. There will be at least 15 official days of mourning before succession can take place and then Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will ascend to the throne. Currently [...]

New Curfew for Young Gamers in China

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Southeast Asia, Thailand|

Thai King Bhumibol's Health Unstable King Bhumibol has been on the throne of Thailand since 1946, making him the world's longest reigning monarch, but he has spent much of the last year in hospital. He has recently recovered from a respiratory infection and is now being prepared for haemodialysis, a procedure used to treat kidney failure. [...]

Jagex is Now Part of a Chinese Company

By | October 9th, 2016|Categories: China, eSports, Mobile Game Industry, Mobile Games|

Jagex is Now Part of a Chinese Company Zhongji Holding was listed on the Chinese Stock Market this past week, and subsequently bought 51% of Hongtou, the investor that acquired Jagex back in July of this year. Zhongji Holding will then purchase the remaining 49% of Hongtou during the next 12 months. Jagex was previously the [...]