Niko Analysis

Tencent Maintains Global Gaming Dominance Thanks to League of Legends & Honor of Kings

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: China, Niko Analysis, Tencent|Tags: , , , |

Tencent had a record year in 2016 as it saw game revenues increase 25% YoY to 70,844 million RMB / $10.2 billion USD. This makes Tencent the world’s largest games company for the fourth year in a row and it’s worth bearing in mind that the $10.2 billion number doesn’t include revenues generated by Supercell who [...]

Midnight Ban in China Combats Online Game Addiction

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: China, Niko Analysis|

China’s Internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), published draft regulations back in October 2016 that are designed to protect minors (citizens under 18) online. An updated draft of the regulations was published last month and is set to be finalized shortly. These regulations plan to address growing concerns around Internet privacy, cyberbullying and online [...]

Niko Partners: Top Predictions for the 2017 Digital Games Market in China and Southeast Asia

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Niko Analysis|

In celebration of our 15th anniversary of delivering clients high-integrity market intelligence on the Chinese and Southeast Asian digital games industry, Niko Partners offers you our Top 15 predictions about the 2017 digital games industry in the markets we cover: Mainland China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 1. More than 500 million will [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Shanda Group to Start VR Theme Park in China

By | February 12th, 2016|Categories: Niko Analysis, Shanda, Tencent, Xiaomi|

Happy Lunar New Year! 新年快乐- xīnnián kuàilè! Happy Lunar New Year to all of our readers! May the Year of the Fire Monkey be prosperous for you all. Xiaomi Game Center's 2015 Annual Report Xiaomi released the Xiaomi Game Center's 2015 annual report. The report shows that the Xiaomi Game Center had 1.45 billion downloads in [...]

China’s Mobile Users & Gamers

By | February 1st, 2016|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, Niko Analysis, Southeast Asia|

China's Mobile Users & Mobile Gamers According to the most updated data from China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the number of telephone users in China reached 1.54 billion households by the end of December 2015, of which mobile phone users accounted for 1.3 billion households and 4G users accounted for 386.2 million households. [...]

ChinaJoy 2015 Recap

By | August 7th, 2015|Categories: China, Conferences, Niko Analysis|

Correction In mid-August Niko Partners issued a post entitled ChinaJoy 2015 Recap. It summarized some of our observations at ChinaJoy. The entity that organizes ChinaJoy is called Howell Expo. Recently a representative of Howell Expo contacted Niko to say that two of our observations were misleading and we therefore are issuing this correction. 1. We wrote: [...]

Monster Hunt Breaks Records in China

By | July 31st, 2015|Categories: China, eSports, Niko Analysis, Taiwan, Xiaomi|

Videogame Makers Battle Chinese Censors to Win Over Gamers China opened its market to game consoles several days ago by releasing the restriction on sales of consoles to those made within the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Now consoles may be manufactured and sold throughout the country, which eliminates a distribution and logistics hurdle that existed before, [...]

NVIDIA Shield

By | May 28th, 2015|Categories: Niko Analysis|

NVIDIA has announced the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device powered by Tegra X1 with the capability of a significant game console and entertainment device. This will be a forerunner in the competitive race to own the living room entertainment experience worldwide. The company has not yet announced plans for China, but the SHIELD will launch in [...]