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.
New Online Version of Fallout Shelter Will Launch Only in China
Frozen, 30 May 2019, 22:46
Fallout Shelter Online, a continuation of the popular free-to-play game created by Bethesda Softworks, is due to be released this summer. Everything seems to indicate that the title will not be released outside of China.
China Has More Than 312 Million PC Players
Michael Kulakowski, 05 May 2019, 23:27
According to a report by Niko Partners, the number of active PC players will continue to grow in China in the coming years. At the moment, 312 million people are playing on personal computers in the Middle Kingdom, bringing the industry more than $15 billion in revenue annually. Most of this money comes from online multiplayer games.
Chinese Problem in Apex Legends
Milosz Szubert, 15 March 2019, 14:24
Apex Legends players are asking Respawn to introduce a region lock for China. According to the community that's where most of the cheaters are coming from.
8 changes coming to Steam in 2019
Milosz Szubert, 15 January 2019, 12:58
The annual Steam summary has brought a list of changes to be implemented to the service in 2019.