Niko News

22 06, 2021

Welcome Joost Van Dreunen

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

3 07, 2017

Niko News: Apple Removes Nearly 60k Chinese Apps

2017-08-04T05:19:23-07:00July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Apple, Niko News, Tencent|

Apple Removes Nearly 60k Chinese Apps from the App Store Between June 10th and June 21st, Apple removed around 58,000 Chinese apps from the App Store. About a third of the games were gaming apps. It has been noted that Apple routinely removes apps every 2-3 months, however, this was a larger mass removal than previous [...]

24 06, 2017

Niko News: Tencent’s 5-Year Esports Plan

2017-07-03T12:30:39-07:00June 24th, 2017|Categories: Niko News, Philippines, Tencent, Valve|

Tencent's 5-Year Esports Plan Tencent has unveiled their 5-year esports plan for the Chinese market as of last week. The plan revolves around more esports leagues, tournaments, esports associations, and esports-themed industrial parks tentatively with stadiums and training facilities. Their expectation is that China will become the biggest esports market in the world. Niko views esports [...]

19 06, 2017

Niko News: E3 2017

2017-06-19T11:31:44-07:00June 19th, 2017|Categories: Niko News|

E3 2017 E3 felt different this year (in a good way) - more like it was years ago when it was an important destination for the games industry. It was exciting, absolutely crowded, and several of the booths were very impressive with a big focus on esports and some on VR. In the past few years [...]

10 06, 2017

Niko News: Blizzard Selling Overwatch Credits in China

2017-06-19T11:21:06-07:00June 10th, 2017|Categories: Consoles, Mobile Game Industry, Niko News|

Blizzard Selling Overwatch Credits in China In accordance with the new regulations in China that require online game operators to disclose probability rates for random-chance loot boxes, Blizzard (through their JV with NetEase) announced their probability data. However, they are now taking a step beyond this effort and no longer selling loot boxes. Instead, in a [...]

5 06, 2017

Niko News: VNG Plans US IPO

2017-06-05T10:41:20-07:00June 5th, 2017|Categories: China, Consoles, Niko News, Vietnam|

VNG Plans US IPO VNG Corp has signed a preliminary agreement with Nasdaq Inc to explore an IPO. VNG, founded in 2004, has long been a strong operator in Vietnam. Vietnam, along with Indonesia and Thailand, are three of the countries we recommend watching for the highest revenue and growth potential as of our 2016 Southeast [...]

31 05, 2017

Niko News: Jury to Decide Owner of Dota

2017-05-31T07:04:11-07:00May 31st, 2017|Categories: Niko News|

Jury to Decide Owner of Dota According to Ars Tecnhica, “Defense of the Ancient's path from an ultra-popular Warcraft III mod to the core of Valve's ultra-popular MOBA, Dota 2, is a long and confusing saga. Now, two developers working on their own mobile versions of Dota are arguing in court that Valve didn't actually acquire [...]