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China May Revise One Child Policy Further

China May Revise One Child Policy Further China may further revise its family planning laws, after a relaxation in the controversial "one child" policy did not result in the expected level of increase in births. The goal was to increase the number of births, particularly for families where one of the parents was an only child. [...]

2015-03-20T08:23:27-07:00March 20th, 2015|Categories: China|

Sony PS4 to Launch on March 20th in China

Sony PS4 to Launch on March 20th in China Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia (SCEJA) announced that more than two months after the planned launch, it will finally actually launch the PS4 and PS Vita in mainland China on March 20th. The company has not stated the actual reasons for the delay, but as Niko Partners [...]

2015-03-13T06:28:21-07:00March 13th, 2015|Categories: Alibaba, China, Consoles, Indonesia|

NetEase Opens North America Office

Niko on Forbes.com Check out Lisa Hanson's latest Forbes.com post, which was promoted on the Forbes Asia homepage. The article is The Chinese Internet Gets a Stronger Backbone. It has lots of interesting facts about the Internet infrastructure. NetEase Opens North America Office NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES) set up an office in North America, located in California, [...]

2015-02-26T10:37:42-08:00February 26th, 2015|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, NetEase, Niko Analysis, Philippines|

The Chinese Internet Gets A Stronger Backbone

China’s Internet users are about to get a major upgrade. This past October, the Chinese government completed a two-year, 2.92 billion RMB project to dramatically build out the country’s core Internet infrastructure. This upgrade will have a profound effect across the country, increasing the speed and decreasing the cost of an Internet connection, and we expect [...]

2015-03-27T14:53:01-07:00February 24th, 2015|Categories: China, Forbes Column|

Happy Year of the Goat!

Happy New Year! Happy Year of the Goat! - 羊年快乐! We're looking forward to an exciting 2015 and our 13th year of providing high integrity market intelligence reports and services on the Chinese and Southeast Asian digital games markets to clients around the world. Supercell to Deliver In-Game Red Envelopes Supercell, global powerhouse mobile game developer [...]

2015-02-19T12:02:15-08:00February 19th, 2015|Categories: China, Mobile Game Industry, Singapore, Xiaomi|

Niko’s Predictions for China’s Digital Gaming Industry in 2015

2015 will be an exciting time for the multibillion-dollar digital games industry in China. We’re going to see a number of developments in the coming year, including changes in gamer preferences, company ownership patterns, and hardware availability. These trends will create opportunity for companies able to discern and anticipate the upcoming shifts. Because one thing is [...]

2015-03-08T18:23:06-07:00February 11th, 2015|Categories: Niko Analysis|

Indonesia Plans to Boost Game Industry

NBA Partnership with Tencent The NBA announced a 5-year partnership with Tencent stating that Tencent will be the league's Exclusive Official Digital Partner of live NBA games in China for the next five seasons. Beginning next season, fans will no longer able to watch NBA games on Sina.com, letv.com and v.qq.com, but only on Tencent's platform. [...]

2015-02-05T11:55:26-08:00February 5th, 2015|Categories: Alibaba, Consoles, Indonesia, Mobile Game Industry, Tencent|

Local Philippines Government Censors DotA, Crossfire and Point Blank

Bloomberg Interview with Niko Partners The article discusses the difficulty of success in China's mobile games market compared with the rest of the world, using US-based Playdot's games TwoDots as the case study. One of Niko's data points that is used in this article shows our estimate that roughly 40% of Chinese mobile gamers spend some [...]

2015-01-29T13:55:34-08:00January 29th, 2015|Categories: Alibaba, China, Esports, Mobile Game Industry, Philippines|

Xiaomi Acquires Kingsoft Shares

Xbox One in China to Launch TV Services Xbox One in China has access to Shanghai Media Group's Internet TV platform, and will officially launch TV services such as BesTV Internet TV, English Premier League, and more. TV services will include six categories: Popular movies, TV series, sports games, animation, documentaries, and entertainment shows, all of [...]

2015-01-26T12:14:43-08:00January 26th, 2015|Categories: Baidu, Consoles, Kingsoft, Mobile Game Industry, Xiaomi|
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