Sony PlayStation launches phase 3 of China Hero Project

Sony Interactive Entertainment Shanghai held a press conference on November 22 where it announced the third phase of its China Hero Project. The China Hero Project is an initiative from Sony launched in 2016 to provide funding and resources to Chinese developers for them to bring games to the PlayStation platform for China and global markets. [...]

2022-11-29T07:17:58-08:00November 29th, 2022|Categories: China, Sony|

Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase severing ties

Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase confirmed on November 17 that the publishing license covering several Blizzard developed titles in mainland China will not be renewed when it expires on January 23, 2023. This will cause the shutdown of World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Diablo III, Warcraft III, Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft titles in mainland China [...]

2022-11-18T11:42:38-08:00November 17th, 2022|Categories: China, NetEase|

Inside the Fastest Growing, Future Oriented Games Market in the World: Southeast Asia

Insights from gamescom asia 2022 gamescom asia, one of the largest video games conferences in Asia, took place in Singapore on October 19-23, 2022 in person and online. The hybrid approach highlighted the Entertainment Zone to showcase new games from renowned studios in Asia streamed online for the public while the Trade Zone commenced in-person on [...]

2022-11-04T08:28:16-07:00November 4th, 2022|Categories: Events, Southeast Asia|

Changing the Game: Discover How Esports and Gaming Are Redefining Business, Careers, Education, and the Future

Lucy Chow's new book Changing the Game: Discover How Esports and Gaming Are Redefining Business, Careers, Education, and the Future drops on September 27. The book features 34 essays from thought leaders in the gaming industry - including Niko. Niko Partners' Lisa Hanson is the author of the chapter Asia: The Heart of Global Esports and [...]

2022-09-21T09:38:55-07:00September 21st, 2022|Categories: Esports|

China’s three hour rule for young gamers, one year later

September 2022 marks the one-year anniversary of one of China’s strongest youth gamer protection regulations put in place by the National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA). The regulations restricted playing online video games to 8-9pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays, for a total of 3 hours per week only in that time slot, for all [...]

2022-09-15T06:11:19-07:00September 14th, 2022|Categories: Regulations|

Southeast Asia’s Games Market – A Short Guide to One of the Fastest Growing Regions for the Games Industry

This insights article is a collaboration between Niko Partners and gamescom asia. Asian gamers have contributed to the massive growth of the global video games industry. Niko Partners estimates the total mobile and PC game revenue in Asia will reach US$82 billion in 2022, or 55% of the global games market, with at least 1.47 billion [...]

2022-09-14T12:54:51-07:00August 24th, 2022|Categories: Events, Southeast Asia|

India blocks Battlegrounds Mobile India 2 years after banning PUBG Mobile

The Indian government requested Apple and Google to remove Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) from their app stores on July 28th, one year after it launched in the country. Our research shows that the popular battle royale game, published by South Korean firm Krafton, is no longer available for download. The request comes in the wake of [...]

2022-08-03T12:50:36-07:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: India, Regulations|Tags: , , , , , , |

Indonesia requires formal registration of tech and game companies

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia (Kominfo) had issued regulation no. 5 of 2020 on Penyelenggara Sistem Elektronik Swasta (PSE) or Private Electronic System Providers. The regulation is imposed to local as well as foreign tech enterprises operating in Indonesia, which include game companies, who are (1) providing services within [...]

2022-07-27T07:21:37-07:00July 27th, 2022|Categories: Indonesia, Regulations, Southeast Asia|

The biggest announcement from Not-E3: Xbox and Riot Games partnership

One of the biggest announcements from Not-E3 2022 was a collaboration between Xbox and Riot Games. The two announced a partnership to bring Riot’s biggest titles to Game Pass on PC and mobile this winter. Xbox Game Pass members will be able to play these free to play titles with additional perks unlocked, such as all [...]

2022-06-24T07:09:02-07:00June 24th, 2022|Categories: Consoles, Riot, Xbox|

China’s NPPA issues licenses for 60 games in June 2022

The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), the regulatory body governing China’s video game licensing, issued 60 licenses (ISBNs) on June 5, 2022 (Published publicly on June 7). This is the second batch of games to be issued a license after a 263-day long freeze on game approvals which ended in April 2022. This batch, as [...]

2022-06-08T09:12:38-07:00June 8th, 2022|Categories: Regulations|
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