China Game Regulator Grants Publishing Licenses to 43 Imported Games, Including the First Game Approved for PS5 China Version

The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) of the PRC, the regulatory body governing China’s video games market, announced publishing licenses (ISBN) for 43 imported (foreign) games on June 28, 2021. All games to be published in mainland China must first be granted an ISBN. The June 28 batch is a relief to many foreign game developers, as the previous batch of import titles had been on February 21, [...]

2021-06-29T08:11:59-07:00June 28th, 2021|Categories: Regulations|

Welcome Joost Van Dreunen

We are very fortunate to announce that Joost van Dreunen has joined Niko Partners as an advisor! Considered the top academic in the $160 billion video games industry, Joost van Dreunen teaches at the NYU Stern School of Business and is author of One Up: Creativity, Competition, and the Global Business of Video Games. Previously he [...]

2021-06-22T09:54:37-07:00June 22nd, 2021|Categories: Niko News|

Mobile Cloud Gaming in China from a B2B Perspective

Cloud gaming can expand the addressable gaming audience and allow for any game to be played on any device. We have heard about this in the media for a few years, but most experts say cloud gaming will not take off in earnest until 5G is prevalent everywhere, and that a primary benefit will be to [...]

2021-06-03T17:30:01-07:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: Cloud gaming|

Niko Partners launches knowledge partnership with Hybrid.co.id

Asia is home to the largest audience of esports players and fans in the world. Esports has emerged as one of the strongest drivers of growth in the gaming industry, and nowhere is this more evident than Asia. For over two decades Asia has led global esports trends, serving as a predictor of developments that have [...]

2021-05-27T13:09:44-07:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Tencent’s Silent Pursuit of Global Gaming Domination

Tencent is the world’s largest games company and continuing to grow organically as well as through investments and acquisitions. As of May 10, 2021, Tencent has closed 51 video game related deals, already more than the 31 game related deals closed in the whole of 2020 and over 5x more the number of game related deals [...]

2021-05-18T17:01:17-07:00May 18th, 2021|Categories: Tencent|

NetEase Earnings Preview

NetEase (NTES) will announce its first quarter results for calendar 2021 on May 18th. NetEase is the #2 games company in China and was one of the only companies to report growth across both PC and mobile games in 2020. NetEase titles continued to perform well in Q1 2021 based on data from Niko’s China Games [...]

2021-05-17T07:59:07-07:00May 16th, 2021|Categories: Earnings, NetEase|

Tencent Earnings Preview

Tencent (HKG: 0700) will announce CY 2021 Q1 financial results on May 20th. Tencent is the #1 company by games revenue in the world and it has nearly 50% market share of China’s PC & mobile games market, according to Niko Partners. Tencent’s legacy titles continued to perform well in Q1 2021, based on data from [...]

2021-05-17T06:17:51-07:00May 16th, 2021|Categories: Earnings, Tencent|

Activision Blizzard Q1 2021 China Earnings Preview

Activision Blizzard (ATVI) will announce its first quarter results for calendar 2021 on May 4th. The China games market is increasingly important to ATVI, based on data from Niko’s China Games Streaming Tracker and our market insights. Niko's China Games Streaming Tracker is a tool we developed to track games on the largest game livestreaming platforms [...]

2021-05-03T10:40:38-07:00May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Earnings|

PS5 Launch Announcement in China Leads to Pre-Sale Orders Selling Out in Record Time

Sony Interactive Entertainment Shanghai announced April 29th that it will launch the PlayStation 5 in Mainland China on May 15, 2021. The disc version of the PS5 will cost RMB 3,899 and the digital version will cost RMB 3,099. Sony announced that it was currently preparing Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Sony), Sackboy: A Big Adventure [...]

2021-04-29T11:04:14-07:00April 29th, 2021|Categories: China, Consoles|

China’s new Game Evaluation and Rating Guidelines system

The Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee is piloting a new aspect of game licensing to add a Game Evaluation and Rating Guidelines system. The pilot system was announced March 15th and launched April 1, 2021. The new Game Evaluation and Rating Guidelines system is an addition to the existing process, which all games go through [...]

2021-07-01T10:37:17-07:00April 27th, 2021|Categories: Regulations|