Why China’s mobile gaming explosion isn’t really about mobile games

ChinaBy most standards, 2014 was a banner year for mobile gaming in China. The size of the industry itself doubled, with more than 300,000 people now working at over 5,000 mobile development companies (there were fewer than 3,000 at the end of 2013). Correspondingly, mobile gaming revenues went through the roof in 2014, reaching more than RMB 27 billion (US$4.3 billion) and shattering 2013’s revenue numbers. For the first time ever, mobile games in China took in more revenue than web-based browser games.


UCWeb’s 1st hardware product turns your phone into a Game Boy

UCWeb, the Chinese company best known for making the most popular third-party mobile browser in the world, launched its first ever hardware product this week (h/t 36kr). The “Xiaoqi” gamepad is now on sale for RMB 99 (US$16) in batches of 2,000 via flash sale on its official website. With a button layout similar to an Xbox 360 controller, a phone mount folds out from the center of the gamepad to hold your Android phone or tablet securely in place.


Online gaming in APAC to breach $30B in 4 years

The online gaming revenue in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is expected reach $30.39 billion in 2018 at a CAGR of 18.53%, according to IDC. This growth comes despite a slowdown in Southeast Asian markets in 2013 as service providers prepared to include mobile games into their business strategies and game portfolios. Online gaming revenue in APEJ was $12.96 billion in 2013 with growth of 14.27% over $11.34 billion in 2012. IDC said that the number of online gaming users will rise to 335.88 million in 2018, from 240.74 million in 2013.


Kingsoft, Huaduo Group Sign Online Game Cooperation Agreement

Kingsoft Corporation Limited signed a joint operation framework agreement for games with Huaduo Group. Kingsoft said that the company and Huaduo Group agreed to establish a long-term business relationship to explore the cooperation in the area of the online games. In order to regulate the joint operation in games, the two parties entered into the joint operation framework agreement for games on December 30, 2014, and set the annual caps of the continuing connected transactions contemplated thereunder for the three years ending December 29, 2017.


Region-free console gaming is not going to happen in China. Period.

Last week, news broke that unlike Microsoft’s Xbox One, the Playstation 4 and PS Vita would not be region-locked when they were released in China this week. I was away on paternity leave, but with one eye on the baby and one eye on the news, I was surprised to see that a lot of gaming media outlets ran the story. My gut response was that there was no way it could be true.


APAC online games revenue to hit US$30bil in 2018: IDC

THE online games market continues to experience healthy growth in 2014 across the Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APeJ) region, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC estimates that online games revenue in APeJ will reach US$30.39 billion in 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.53%, the market research and analyst firm said in a statement.


Dragon Laser game for Android Wear is a first from Singapore

Game development in Southeast Asia is still at a relatively nascent stage, and many studios choose to focus on what’s simple and fast to complete – mobile games for smartphones. Singapore-based studio Dreamrocket, on the other hand, has tried something new with Dragon Laser, a game for smart watches. According to the studio, it’s “easy to pick up, yet challenging to master,” and users are guaranteed to smile every time they break their previous high scores.


Smilegate aims at becoming top global game company

Smilegate is committed to growing into a truly global game company that can provide unprecedented entertainment for gamers worldwide, its co-CEOs Andrew Yang and Ji Won-gil said in a recent interview. After an unexpectedly huge hit with the shooting game “Crossfire” in China in 2009, Smilegate surprised fans again with its latest online game project “Lost Ark.”


NHN Entertainment looks to offer game cloud platform service

NHN Entertainment has launched a business-to-business (B2B) game cloud platform service to make up for its weakening profits in its top income source ― gambling games. Releasing the cloud service named “TOAST Cloud,” the company said it will diversify its business portfolio to game cloud platforms from existing online and mobile games, and e-commerce to survive as a general IT company.


Sony Delays PS4 Launch in China

Sony is already a little late to the Chinese video game console party, considering Microsoft has been selling the Xbox One in the region for more than two months, albeit to mixed success. It looks like the PS4 will be delayed even further, following an intervention by the Chinese government, asking for adjustments to the gaming console. “The government asked us for final adjustments, which will take some time, so we decided to delay the launch date,” Sony spokeswoman Kaede Bun said.


Game industry set to take off in 2015

1.Flappy Bird, developed by Nguyen Ha Dong, a freelance coder in Hanoi, topped the Google Play and App Store lists of games, with the highest numbers of downloads in January 2014. Flappy Bird was one of the 10 most searched keywords on Google in 2014. Though Dong later pulled the game off app stores for several reasons, he has become well known all over the world. The success of Dong has a special significance because it encourages Vietnamese game developers who are still fumbling for the right way to follow.


Flappy Bird makes comeback on Android Wear devices

Addictive game Flappy Bird is now available on Android Wear smartwatches. It is the work of developer Corbin Davenport, and not of its original Vietnamese coder Nguyen Ha Dong. – Photo vnexpress.net It is the work of developer Corbin Davenport, and not of its original Vietnamese coder Nguyen Ha Dong. Davenport posted instructions on his site for sideloading Android application packages using the Android debugging bridge onto Android Wear watches.


Sony’s PS4 Passes 18.5 Million Sales

Sony has announced another milestone for its PlayStation 4 console, following 4.1 million sales throughout the holiday season, or 18.5 million sales in total. The announcement came at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas, where CEO Kaz Hirai offered the first sales update since late September 2014. Holiday season for Sony starts on November 23-24 and ends on January 3-4, depending on the region. 4.1 million sales in that time is very impressive, considering Microsoft’s recent surge in Xbox One sales, following price reductions.


Sony tries to appease PlayStation users after Christmas outage

If you got a PlayStation 4 for Christmas but network outages spoiled your fun, Sony wants to make it up to you. Sony Computer Entertainment America will offer 10 percent off PlayStation Store purchases including games, TV shows and movies as a gesture of thanks for users’ patience following an outage of several days caused by denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.


New Nintendo Gaming Console to Come with the Same Xbox One and PS4 x86 AMD Chip

Last May, Nintendo announced its new console was already in the works. Several months later, another statement gave details that a system-on-a-chip (SOC) was being developed by its experts. Now, rumors are flying left and right that U.S. semiconductor firm AMD has been contracted by the gaming giant to make its SOCs. Tech news website Kitguru claims several industrial sources say Nintendo’s next-generation gaming console will be equipped with graphics technologies designed by AMD.


PlayStation Network back online after four-day outage

Sony worked to gradually bring its PlayStation Network back online on Sunday US time, after a fourth straight day of outages suspected to have been caused by hackers. The hacker activist group known as Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for disrupting both the PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live on Christmas Day. Service was restored to Xbox Live on Friday. “We are currently experiencing widespread network issues that are being addressed,” Sony said in a statement on PlayStation’s maintenance website.


Games2win launches world’s first multiplayer real-time cricket game, from IN

BENGALURU: In the run-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup this February, Mumbai-based Games2win has launched the world’s first multiplayer real-time cricket game, what it hopes will have a cult following from India after poker game Teen Patti. While cricketing games on mobile are there dime a dozen, Games2win is betting on its real-time offering – the difference is that players will now play and watch, as opposed to playing and waiting for the other player to come on board.


Hackers target Tor as PlayStation disruption continues

Hackers who apparently attacked Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) and Microsoft’s Xbox Live on Christmas Day have taken aim at anonymous network Tor. Lizard Squad, which claimed responsibility for the outage , on Friday tweeted, “To clarify, we are no longer attacking PSN or Xbox. We are testing our new Tor 0day.” While at least one site that maps the Tor network showed numerous routers with the name “LizardNSA,” the extent of any attack was unclear.


PlayStation Now Coming To Samsung Smart TVs

Sony is pushing to get PlayStation Now on as many devices as possible, partnering up with South Korean rival Samsung to push the game streaming service onto smart TVs. Users will be able to stream over 200 PS3 games on select Samsung smart TVs, similar to other supported devices. The only item Samsung smart TV owners need is a Dualshock 4 – the new PS4 controller – in order to play the titles. Sony has already made the service available on its own Bravia TVs, this is the first time a third party has been able to access to the game streaming service.


Alibaba getting into game consoles is a terrible, terrible idea

Recently, you may have seen the reports that Alibaba, China’s top ecommerce king, is interested in getting into the game console business. According to a VentureBeat report, rumors from what that site considers a reliable source suggest that Alibaba wants to make a video game console for the Chinese market. I have no idea whether or not these rumors are true. Alibaba has shown signs of getting into gaming, but China’s tech media has been pretty quiet on whether there might be a game console in the works.