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Trump Administration May Ban TikTok in the US

mikos, 08 July 2020, 14:38

President Donald Trump is said to consider banning TikTok in the U.S. because of security concerns.

CS:GO - Weapon Skin Sold for Record Price of $100,000

Bart Swiatek, 07 July 2020, 11:07

According to user ohnePixel, a Chinese collector paid 100 thousand dollars for StatTrak M4A4 (Howl) skin for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This is the most expensive item of its kind in history.

Apple's Chinese Problems; Thousands of Games Without Updates

Smoczy, 02 July 2020, 15:59

Apple had to suspend updates for thousands of games from the App Store in China due to the lack of proper license from the Chinese government. What does this mean for iPhone developers?

Hackers From Anonymous Join the Attack on TikTok

mikos, 02 July 2020, 14:09

The group known as Anonymous claims that TikTok is a tool used by the Chinese government to spy and contains numerous security gaps.

Halo The Master Chief Collection - Differences in Chinese Version

Agnes Adamus, 29 June 2020, 21:52

A comparison of two versions of Halo The Master Chief Collection - the Chinese version and the „general” one, which has been published on most of the world's markets - has appeared on the web. We can see on it that the changes included mainly enemy models and the cut-scene showing Gravemind.

Cyberpunk 2077 Conquers China - Highest Pre-sale Figures in the World

Bart Swiatek, 29 June 2020, 13:38

The Chinese are very interested in Cyberpunk 2077 - players from the country are responsible for the largest number of pre-orders of this game in the world. This is despite the fact that CD Projekt RED's game cannot be officially released in China without significant changes in content. The Polish company prepared a full Chinese language version.

YouTube Automatically Censored Phrases Inconvenient for Chinese Government

mikos, 27 May 2020, 13:39

Some comments that were critical of the Chinese government began to disappear from YouTube. This is all the more surprising because the service is not available in China anyway.

Valve is Testing a Censored Chinese Version of Steam

Bart Swiatek, 25 May 2020, 15:18

Valve Software is working on a Chinese version of Steam - the program was announced in 2018 and recently received an alpha version. The application differs in several respects from the variant known from other regions of the world.

Rainbow Six Siege - Ubisoft Sues Google and Apple

Czarus, 17 May 2020, 20:12

Ubisoft is suing Google and Apple for the alleged copyright infringement related to Rainbow Six: Siege. The publisher claims that a Chinese game has appeared in both companies' stores, Google Play and Apple App Store, which is a faithful copy of the popular shooter.

Chinese Censorship Reaches Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Bart Swiatek, 04 May 2020, 19:16

A post published on a Chinese forum suggests that Asian users of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord may get banned for using nicknames that do not comply with Chinese standards - e.g. referring to local politicians, protests or suggesting a connection between the coronavirus and Wuhan.

Xiaomi Accused of Spying Users

Smoczy, 04 May 2020, 16:57

Xiaomi has been accused of violating its users' privacy. MI browsers are said to collect personal data that allow for a user to be identified even in incognito mode.

New Data Shows Intel's Dominant Position in China

Bart Swiatek, 17 April 2020, 11:07

Data from the Chinese benchmark Master Lu shows a picture of the PC market in China. The Chinese are most likely to use Intel processors and graphics cards from Nvidia.

Huawei Aiming to Enter GPU Market?

Laty, 14 April 2020, 11:58

Huawei is recruiting employees for the new department, whose task will be to build server graphics cards. These may be one of the last elements for China to achieve technological independence.

Animal Crossing New Horizons in Trouble in China

Adrian Werner, 11 April 2020, 13:52

There was a lot of controversy about Animal Crossing: New Horizons in China. The game was supposed to be banned because of virtual protests, but in fact the situation turned out to be different, although the game still has problems with distribution in this country.

Industry Expert on Why Plague Inc. was Banned in China

Milosz Szubert, 17 March 2020, 16:48

Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, gave three reasons why Ndemic Creations' Plague Inc. was removed from distribution in China. The reasons included the lack of a proper license.

TikTok Censors Posts From Ugly and Poor People

Laty, 17 March 2020, 11:40

TikTok ordered its moderators to hide videos of users who are ugly or poor and censor statements related to the political situation that occur during streams.

Plague Inc. Removed From Chinese App Store for „Illegal” Content [Updated]

Paul Wozniak, 02 March 2020, 19:31

Plague Inc. was removed from the Chinese App Store. The reason for this is „content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China”. For the time being we do not know the exact reasons for such a decision, although it can be assumed that it is related to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

The Chinese Play Even More Because of the New Coronavirus

Paul Wozniak, 18 February 2020, 13:44

The coronavirus epidemic in China has caused the Chinese to spend their extra free time playing video games with friends. The mobile game Honor of Kings has broken its average activity record per day, and several titles on the Douyu streaming platform are twice as popular as a year ago.

RAM and SSD Prices May Spike

Laty, 04 February 2020, 16:14

Many PC component price analysts have expressed their concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in China. After all, many large companies have their branches in that region of the world, and the virus could hit production and consumer demand.

Coronavirus Causes Problems for Apple and Samsung

Bart Swiatek, 29 January 2020, 14:14

It appears that the coronavirus, which the Chinese authorities are currently trying to deal with, may have a negative impact on the electronic equipment market. The media reports about factory being closed, and global corporations are preparing for complications and limiting or suspending travels to the country.

Plague Inc. Popularity Increased Thanks to Coronavirus Outbreak in China

Jacob Blazewicz, 24 January 2020, 15:52

Plague Inc. is currently the most frequently downloaded paid application in China. Reason? New reports on the outbreaks of the so-called Wuhan coronavirus.

Hong Kong Protesters are Fighting on the Streets in GTA Online

Laty, 27 December 2019, 20:28

Protests on the streets of Hong Kong continue, and the Chinese government remains steadfast. As a result, gamers decided to move the demonstrations also to the streets, but the streets of Los Santos, the main city of GTA V.

PES 2020: China Wants Mesut Ozil Out of the Game

Jacob Blazewicz, 18 December 2019, 23:37

Mesut Özil, a footballer of Arsenal F.C., will be removed from the Chinese edition of eFootball PES 2020. The reason for this are his entries on social media, in which he criticized the Chinese government for persecuting Muslims.

Valve Doesn't Want Any Games About Hong Kong Protests on Steam?

Julia Dragovic, 08 December 2019, 22:43

Valve is delaying the release of games related to protests in Hong Kong. All of the titles are on the pro-democratic side of the conflict. And if you don't what something is about... it's about China, in other words, money. Blitzchung, Hearthstone player recently suspended by Blizzard, also appears in the affair.

Player Spends $1.4 Million on Game Character; Gets Stolen and Sold for $500

Bart Swiatek, 26 November 2019, 13:56

One Chinese player spent 8-10 million yuan on developing his character in MMO game Justice Online. When he shared his account with a friend, the latter put the hero in the auction house, but.... mistakenly entered a price that was a few zeros short. As a result, the hero was purchased for about 1/2560 of the original amount.

Activision Blizzard: There is no Place For Politics in Our Games

Julia Dragovic, 20 November 2019, 22:47

Bobby Kotick, president of Activision Blizzard, gave an interview in which he stated that his games should not be a platform for expressing political views, but a place for good fun.

Minecraft has Nearly Half a Billion Players Worldwide

Konrad Serafinski, 12 November 2019, 13:11

Minecraft has the highest number of players in the world. Analyst Daniel Ahmad reports that the title has assembled a community of 480 million players. What is more, the production also has 112 million active users per month.

China Introduces Curfew for Underage Gamers

Konrad Serafinski, 07 November 2019, 13:45

The Chinese government is introducing a „curfew” for minors who play too much multiplayer titles. Legal restrictions on gaming time have been imposed on young players.

BlizzCon 2019 With Hong Kong Affair Protests in the Background

Jacob Blazewicz, 02 November 2019, 21:44

BlizzCon 2019 is in full swing, but not everyone is celebrating together with Blizzard. A group of people demonstrating their support for the protests in Hong Kong and their dissatisfaction with the recent actions of the American publisher gathered at the entrance to the building where the event is taking place.

Blizzard Apologizes for its Actions in the Hong Kong Affair

Konrad Serafinski, 01 November 2019, 19:32

The opening ceremony of BlizzCon began in an unusual way. J. Allen Brack appeared on the stage and apologized to all fans for the company's misguided actions in the recent case of a player calling for the liberation of Hong Kong after winning the tournament in Hearthstone.

Mitsubishi Resignes From Sponsoring Blizzard

Frozen, 30 October 2019, 21:39

Punishing a player for supporting protests in Hong Kong turned out to be a blow not only to the image but also to the financial position of Blizzard. Two days after the event, Mitsubishi Motors resigned from sponsoring the Hearthstone tournament.

PewDiePie Banned in China for Xi Jinping Meme

Julia Dragovic, 22 October 2019, 12:27

The popular youtuber PewDiePie was banned in China for showing in his film the (in)famous meme comparing secretary Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh.

US Congress Representatives Send a Letter to Activision Blizzard CEO

Michael Kulakowski, 19 October 2019, 18:47

Several US congressmen and senators have drawn up an official letter warning Blizzard of the consequences of its recent actions, favouring China's political line and punishing those who support democratic protests in Hong Kong.

Blizzard Removes Mei Figure From its Store

Jakub Mirowski, 14 October 2019, 11:23

Blizzard removed Mei figure from its store. Players suspect that the reason for getting rid of this Overwatch character is the fact that she has become one of the symbols of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

Blitzchung Thanks Blizzard in Official Statement

Konrad Serafinski, 13 October 2019, 19:58

The end of the tension between Blizzard and Blitzchung. The player posted a personal statement on Twitter in which he admitted that he understands his error and thanked the company for the reduction of his suspension and returning of his prize.

Blizzard Returns Blitzchung's Prize

Konrad Serafinski, 12 October 2019, 21:56

It's been a nightmare week for Blizzard. The company banned a tournament winner, prevented user account deletion, to mention just a few mishaps. J. Allen Brack, company's CEO decided to speak. In a long press release, he announced that he would reduce the penalty for Blitzchung and pay him his tournament prize.

Banned Episode of South Park Displayed on Hong Kong Streets

Bart Swiatek, 11 October 2019, 13:04

Protesters on the streets of Hong Kong had the opportunity to watch one of the last episodes of South Park - Band in China - on the big screen, where the creators ridicule the Chinese authorities and their influence on the Western entertainment industry. The show was very popular.

Corruption and Collapse of Values - ex-Blizzard Employee on Chinese Influence

Bart Swiatek, 11 October 2019, 12:23

Mark Kern, former Team Lead at Blizzard Entertainment, responded on Twitter to the high-profile Hong Kong protest scandal. In his opinion, the company is acting against its own values. The developer also quotes several stories that illustrate the extent of influence and methods of Chinese companies in the gaming industry.

Apple Removes HKMap.live App After Pressure From Chinese Authorities

Adrian Werner, 10 October 2019, 14:07

Apple succumbed to pressure from the Communist Party of China and removed the HKmap.live app from the App Store. The app is used by Hong Kong protesters to track police activity.

Blizzard Prevents Users From Deleting Accounts After Hong Kong Affair?

arRacoon, 10 October 2019, 11:57

Blizzard scores another PR blow right after the Chung „Blitzchung” Ng Wai affair at the Hearthstone Tournament in Hong Kong. According to reports, Blizzard accounts have become much more difficult and often impossible to remove. The studio is suspected of intervening and actively blocking the possibility of saying goodbye to the account.

Blizzard Punishes Gamer for Supporting Hong Kong Protests

Julia Dragovic, 08 October 2019, 16:38

Chung „blitzchung” Ng Wai supported the protests in Hong Kong in a recent in an interview after winning Hearthstone Grandmasters. Blizzard quickly removed Twitch streams and imposed severe penalties on the gamer - including a one-year suspension.

Chinese Authorities Purge the Local Internet from South Park

Frozen, 08 October 2019, 14:14

In the latest episode of the animated series South Park Town, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have decided to address the subject of Chinese censorship. As a result, they fell victim to it themselves - the series completely disappeared from the Internet available in China within a few days.

WoW Classic and Hong Kong Protests - Censorship has no Place in Azeroth

Julia Dragovic, 26 September 2019, 22:00

The Taiwanese World of Warcraft Classic server has become a place for the people of Hong Kong and Taiwan to communicate with each other, regardless of censorship. And they raise issues that are uncomfortable to some, because they are connected with politics and protests.

USA vs China: Hardware Manufacturers Have Already Lost $10 Billion

Barth Faryna, 02 September 2019, 13:00

The trade war between the USA and China has entered a new phase. On September 1, this year US President Donald Trump introduced new customs duties on Chinese goods, which could hit consumers' wallets.

Glorious Saga is Shameless Copy of Warcraft. Blizzard Goes to Court

Barth Faryna, 29 August 2019, 18:23

Many mobile games copy ideas from the Warcraft universe, but Sina Games has gone too far. Their Glorious Saga is filled with Blizzard characters who have been impudently stolen.

Chinese Company Baidu Bests Google in the Smart Speaker Market

Barth Faryna, 27 August 2019, 14:20

The name Baidu may not tell you much, but in fact it is the largest search engine used in China and Japan. The company also produces smart speakers and has just outpaced Google in this sector.

Chinese Gamers to Disappear from Steam? Steam China Revealed

Christian Pieniazek, 21 August 2019, 18:52

Perfect World, a company cooperating with Valve, shared the first details about the official Chinese version of the Steam platform. Soon the players from China will be „almost completely independent” from the rest of the world.

Total War: Elysium Card Game Announced

Michael Kulakowski, 02 August 2019, 22:56

Creative Assembly and SEGA have signed an agreement with the Chinese giant NetEase to distribute the Total War series in China. The result of the cooperation is the announcement of the Total War: Elysium online card game.

Developers of TikTok Will Develop Their Own Smartphones

Bart Swiatek, 30 July 2019, 16:54

ByteDance, the company behind the popular TikTok app, announced that it is planning to create its own smartphone. The device will be developed in cooperation with Smartisan Technology.

400 Million Downloads of PUBG Mobile; Player Count Remains Impressive

Adrian Werner, 14 June 2019, 16:19

Tencent boasts the huge popularity of PUBG Mobile. The number of downloads exceeded 400 million and the title is played by 50 million gamers each day. This success is all the more impressive as then production has been removed from distribution in China.