Esports

29 03, 2021

Esports Moves Cautiously Into 2021

2021-04-01T02:02:25-07:00March 29th, 2021|Categories: Esports|

Moving into 2021, esports are cautiously returning to in-person events and several large-scale international competitions are now on the books for late 2021. The Asian esports industry seems hopeful. However, the effects of 2020 are still quite visible and the industry balances caution and a desire to return to normal. Leading Titles Taking Shape LoL League [...]

10 03, 2021

China’s Fastest Rising Streaming Games

2021-03-10T06:57:40-08:00March 10th, 2021|Categories: Esports, Streaming|

Niko’s China Games Streaming Tracker tracks streaming and viewing on China’s largest game streaming platforms. Streaming video is one of the most important components of the gaming and esports industry. We track and analyze the three platforms to produce weekly market trends and game rankings including: heat index, streaming hours, unique streamers, total tips/gifts, fans per streamer, and [...]

7 09, 2017

China bans ICOs, Apple accepts WeChat Pay, the key to Honor of Kings success

2017-09-11T13:18:48-07:00September 7th, 2017|Categories: China, Esports, Honor of Kings, Mobile Games, NetEase, Perfect World, Uncategorized|

China bans fundraising through ICOs China has banned and made illegal the practice of raising funds through digital token based initial coin offerings (ICO). The rise of cryptocurrencies has led to $2.2 billion having been raised through ICOs this year alone. Chinese regulators have described initial coin offerings as “a form of unapproved illegal public financing” [...]

18 08, 2017

China Unicom to Raise $11.7 Billion from Private Firms

2017-08-18T12:49:48-07:00August 18th, 2017|Categories: China, China Telecom, Esports, NetEase, Taiwan|

China Unicom to Raise $11.7 Billion from Private Firms China Unicom is said to be raising $11.7 billion from investors including the likes of Tencent and Alibaba. China Unicom will be the first of the state-run telecom entities to receive private capital and mixed ownership. China Mobile is still the world's largest mobile phone operator in [...]

12 08, 2017

Niko News: Philippines Government Announces Support for Esports

2017-08-18T12:43:13-07:00August 12th, 2017|Categories: Esports, Niko News|

Philippines Government Announces Support for Esports The Philippines' Games and Amusement Board has officially begun to recognize esports and competitive computer/video gaming as a professional activity. The GAB has licensed several Filipino Dota 2 players to travel to the USA for the International - previously, they would sign on with Chinese teams. However, there may also [...]

4 08, 2017

Niko News: Tencent’s PC Games Revenue is Larger than Reports Reflect

2017-08-04T05:23:53-07:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Conferences, Esports, Niko News, Singapore, Southeast Asia, Tencent|

Tencent’s PC Games Revenue is Larger than Reports Reflect According to Tencent’s Q1 2017 financial release dated 17 May 2017, total online games revenue in the first quarter was 22,800 million RMB ($3,360 million). That’s $3 billion in one quarter alone, just from online games! The financial report says that PC client-based games revenue was 14,100 [...]

30 07, 2017

Niko News: ChinaJoy 2017

2017-08-04T05:20:26-07:00July 30th, 2017|Categories: Conferences, Esports, Niko News, Philippines|

ChinaJoy 2017 Niko Partners will be attending ChinaJoy 2017 next week and giving two presentations - one on the global state of video games and one on esports in China. If you would like to schedule a meeting with us, please contact Lisa via email or WeChat (id: lisacosmashanson) Read about it China Censors Whatsapp Users [...]

26 04, 2017

Honor of Kings dominates mobile esports in China

2017-04-26T13:37:41-07:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: China, Esports, Mobile Games, Tencent|Tags: , , , |

Tencent has launched its biggest esports competition for Honor of Kings in 2017, the King Pro League. The 2017 season follows in the footsteps of the 2016 season which was watched by more than 70 million people. Tencent is aiming to build a better esports ecosystem allowing for more teams, more players, increased marketing, celebrity hosts [...]

24 04, 2017

Niko News: 2022 Asian Games Adds Esports

2017-05-12T07:32:54-07:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Esports, Singapore, Tencent|

2022 Asian Games Adds Esports Esports will now be an official medal sport in the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. The Olympic Council of Asia has also been working with Alisports to include esports in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkemnistan and in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia next year, but [...]

22 12, 2016

League of Legends Strikes Deal with MLB

2017-03-06T20:30:50-08:00December 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, [...]