‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ become targets for Chinese gaming
Chinese gaming companies such as Tencent Holdings and NetEase are snapping up fictional worlds like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter in their quest for domination of the global mobile gaming market. By investing heavily in foreign movie studios that create the globally popular fantasy worlds for viewers, Chinese gaming giants are increasing their share of a video games market that’s worth US$175 billion globally, according to industry research firm Newzoo. “While Japan and the US had long dominated the gaming sector since the early arcade and console days during the 1970s, Chinese companies are currently leading the way in 2020 via the mobile wave,” said Owen Soh, founder
Steam is coming to China and fans are not happy
Steam, the popular online video game mall, is launching a China-only version, but the news has not been greeted with much enthusiasm from Chinese fans.  China tightly regulates the games that get published, and last year the government required all publishers to obtain a special license.  These tight rules left Steam as the only avenue for its 30 million users to access games that have not been approved in China. Gamers are worried that an official Chinese version will spell the doom of the international Steam site, which is likely to have far more games.  Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at market research firm Niko Partners, says the international version of Steam operates in a legal grey a
Game developer’s sexual comments spark gender debate
A series of vulgar remarks from the founder of a Chinese gaming company has ignited a debate about the persistent mistreatment of female gamers and sparked calls for a boycott. On the day his company released a trailer for a much-anticipated new game, Feng Ji said it had attracted so many job applicants that he had been “licked so much that [he] could no longer get erected.” In another post about the trailer, Feng said, “Now I feel pressure in my pants!" The trailer for the game, called Black Myth: Wukong, generated buzz in the gaming community with breathtaking animations. Feng’s posts may jeopardize the commercial success of the game, which has no release date yet. The comments sparked a
Nintendo Switch finally launches in China. But will it be a hit?
Nintendo has just launched its wildly popular Switch game console in China, more than two years after its global release. But in a country with the largest number of gamers in the world, Switch is facing some unique challenges. Gaming experts say Chinese gamers favor mobile phones and computers (not consoles like Switch) and the pace of introducing new games for Switch is slow due to existing regulations. On top of that, players in China won’t be able to play against gamers in other countries, due to region-locking. Chinese gamers can buy a Nintendo Switch bundle for 2,099 yuan ($298), which includes a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Titles like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Od
New China mobile gaming rules have echoes of the past
For kids in China hoping to invite over their friends, order some food and play video games on their phones until the sun rises, they may have to find another hobby. This week, the Chinese government issued new rules in an effort to tackle online gaming addiction among minors. In doing so, regulators placed a slew of restrictions on the mobile gaming industry for people under the age of 18.  While the rules may sound shocking, they actually follow a pattern that was applied to PC and console gaming years before.  “In general China always tries to balance its core social values with economic growth. They’ve always been paternal in terms of [gaming] policies and regulations,” said Daniel Ahmad
The secret life of a professional gamer
Chen Zebin, 22, was expecting easy money and fame. But he had a rough initiation into the life of a professional video game player. After joining the King e-sports team in Shanghai, his ambition hit a wall. He didn’t get into a tournament for almost 10 months. “My performance was no worse than the other players,” he said. “But I wasn’t allowed to play in the competition simply due to my lack of experience.” Chen, who had been a star gamer back home in the southern megacity of Shenzhen, was later diagnosed with depression. “I was so upset,” he said. “Sometimes I would cry and couldn’t stop.” Eventually, Chen got a chance to play in a tournament, which marked a turnaround in his life. He spec
China’s new rules on video games: no blood, dead bodies, or mahjong
After a nearly nine-month freeze on new video games, Chinese authorities on Monday began accepting new applications for publishing games in the country again – with strings attached. China has stepped up its regulation of an industry that it considers harmful to the country’s young people, a move that has hurt companies like Tencent, China’s biggest gaming company. The rules will be closely studied (and followed) by any developer who wants a piece of the world’s biggest gaming market. They also offer insight into what is cool and what is not in the eyes of China’s content regulators. Here are some of the new rules confirmed by the South China Morning Post: No dead bodies, no blood pools Chi
How I fell for my virtual Chinese bae
It’s taken me one week to fall for my virtual Chinese boyfriend. His name is Xu Mo. Aged 26, he stands five feet, nine inches tall. He’s a charismatic and thoughtful neuroscientist, with violet eyes beneath a mane of floppy hair. Xu Mo is one of four fantasy boyfriends offered to players like me on Love and Producer, one of China’s hottest new mobile games. The story follows my anime-inspired avatar as she tries to keep her media production company afloat by inviting star guests onto her TV shows. Love and Producer is an otome game (otome means girl in Japanese) that aims to entice young women with idealized boyfriends and an adventure-filled plot. The male characters all have that Westerniz