Southeast Asia

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, [...]

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. [...]

Riot Games Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By | September 18th, 2016|Categories: Alibaba, Garena, Giant Interactive, Singapore, Southeast Asia, Tencent|

Riot Games Celebrates 10th Anniversary Riot Games, famed developer of the hit MOBA League of Legends, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month and also the full acquisition of the studio by China's largest (and most valuable) Internet company, Tencent. Check out the full overview in the LA Times, including quotes from Niko's Lisa Hanson and [...]

Battle of social networks in China

By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, Southeast Asia, Tencent, Vietnam|

Battle of Social Networks in China According to an article on InsideGamesAsia, there are many social networks in Asia whose popularity changes by country. Wechat from Tencent essentially owns China's social network market. In Japan and Taiwan, Line is known to be the primary social app, while Kakaotalk has been stubbornly clenching onto its throne in [...]

Intel, Tencent & Haier Announce the TGP Box

By | May 19th, 2016|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, Southeast Asia, Tencent|

Intel, Tencent & Haier Announce the TGP Box At CES Asia, Intel, Tencent and Haier jointly announced the TGP Box, a gaming console that is designed for living room entertainment. Haier will manufacture the hardware and Intel will provide advanced computing platforms including full support for the Intel RealSense technology and "smart home innovative technology." Tencent [...]

FUZE Console Launches in China

By | May 13th, 2016|Categories: Consoles, Southeast Asia|

FUZE Console Launches in China FUZE launched "Zhanfu (Tomohawk) F1", an Android-based gaming and entertainment console, and the company announced 76 games that they have signed licensing deals, including Assassin's Creed Chronicles and Hawken. The Tomohawk F1 is similar to a microconsole whose size is smaller than regular consoles, and it is priced well but it [...]

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. [...]

The9 Obtains Exclusive License for Crossfire 2 in China

By | December 4th, 2015|Categories: China, Southeast Asia, The9|

IMF Includes Renminbi as a Main World Currency The IMF's announced its decision to include the Renminbi as a reserve currency in the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket of currencies alongside only the Yen, Dollar, Euro and Pound. This is a reflection of the opening up of the Chinese economy and the release of currency controls, [...]

Companies Battle for the Chinese Video Game Market

By | November 27th, 2015|Categories: China, Consoles, Mobile Game Industry, Southeast Asia|

Regulations for TV Set-Top Boxes in China The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) announced new regulations for TV set-top boxes including a list of 81 banned 3rd party apps. Taobao's Tmall division, which certifies that all products sold on Tmall are official and authentic, said that it will upgrade its operating [...]