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The Good and the Bad of the Passion for Gaming in Chinese Internet Cafés

Originally published on Gamasutra. When it comes to describing hard-core gamers in China, “passionate” might be too gentle of an adjective. Both positive and negative components exist in this passion particularly as it relates to gamers in Internet cafés; on the one hand, the I-cafe industry is experiencing a grand resurgence thanks to hard-core gamers, becoming [...]

2016-07-11T21:44:41-07:00July 5th, 2016|Categories: China, Esports, Internet Cafes|

China’s Top 100 Internet Companies

China's Top 100 Internet Companies GameLook reported that Internet Society of China and MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China) jointly released a "China's Top 100 Internet Companies" list. The top 10 are Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu,, Qihoo360, Sohu, NetEase, Sina, Ctrip (Xie Cheng), and It's worth noticing that several gaming companies also [...]

2015-07-26T06:36:34-07:00July 26th, 2015|Categories: China, Singapore|

Games are Key to Consoles Succeeding in China

Games are Key to Consoles Succeeding in China Many media outlets around the world picked up Niko Partners' press release on our most recent research report, Chinese TV-based Gaming, as it included our views on the current and future state of console gaming in China. Gamelook's analysis included data from our release and other interesting information. [...]

2015-07-20T16:01:07-07:00July 20th, 2015|Categories: China, Indonesia, NetDragon, Philippines, Singapore|

China’s Stock Market Collapse

Smartphone Shipments in China Here is data reported by Gamelook on select Chinese smartphone manufacturers' shipments in 2014 and 2015: Huawei: According to Gamelook, Huawei shipped 75 million smartphones in 2014, up 40% YoY. Huawei's goal for 2015 is 100 million units and the company shipped 50 million units in 1H 2015. Xiaomi: Xiaomi shipped 34.7 [...]

2015-07-10T12:14:47-07:00July 10th, 2015|Categories: China, Vietnam|

China’s WeChat Succeeds in Indonesia

Forbes Feature on Garena A good article on history of Garena, Southeast Asia's answer to Tencent and Alibaba, and what brought Forrest Li to found it. Lisa Hanson is quoted in the article as well. Steam's Presence in China Steam Spy's data shows that an average game on Steam sells 320,000 units. Different countries have different [...]

2015-06-29T07:10:20-07:00June 29th, 2015|Categories: Alibaba, Garena, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Tencent|

Chinese Stock Market Tops $10 Trillion

The 2015 Chinese College Graduate Job Report A third-party education institution released a "2015 Chinese College Graduate Job Report." The report shows the 2014 income of various kinds of jobs of those who graduated between 3 months and 3 years ago. The job with the highest average monthly income is game designer (RMB 5273/month = $850/mo), [...]

2015-06-19T11:24:04-07:00June 19th, 2015|Categories: Alibaba, China, Consoles|

China Developing New Mobile Game Regulations

China Developing New Regulations for Mobile Games reported that China's Ministry of Culture is developing a new regulatory policy to help regulate mobile games. The policy is expected to be published in the second half of 2015 and will mainly focus on virtual in-game items and services. The MOBA Genre A writer tells readers of [...]

2015-06-13T09:11:53-07:00June 13th, 2015|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry|

The Chinese A-Shares Market

The Chinese A-Shares Market The Chinese A-shares market is red hot these days, with everyone from local low paid household helpers to stay at home moms to wealthy businesspeople all getting into the market and being delighted by their paper returns. Only Chinese investors may invest in A-shares, not foreigners. It is a sight to behold [...]

2015-06-05T08:31:39-07:00June 5th, 2015|Categories: China, Consoles, Mobile Game Industry|

NVIDIA Shield & Set-Top Boxes in China

NVIDIA Shield NVIDIA has announced the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device powered by Tegra X1 with the capability of a significant game console and entertainment device. Lisa Hanson is in China this week collecting data on the TV-based and console gaming market here, for an upcoming report on that topic. The timing of the NVIDIA SHIELD [...]

2015-06-03T17:04:20-07:00May 30th, 2015|Categories: China, Consoles|


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 [...]

2015-05-28T15:14:29-07:00May 28th, 2015|Categories: Niko Analysis|
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