YY Spends Big to Grow Overseas User Base in Q1

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Livestreaming social media company YY recorded substantial increases in net revenues and active users but almost doubled operating expenses in the first quarter. Read More

NetEase Overseas Gaming, E-commerce Businesses Offset Regulatory Squeeze

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While Tencent’s game revenues took a heavy hit in the first quarter due to more stringent licensing rules, NetEase hedged regulatory risks by emphasizing overseas markets, specifically Japan and South Korea. Read More

Video Game Live-streaming Platform Douyu Files for US IPO

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Video game live-streaming platform Douyu on Monday filed its initial public offering (IPO) in the US, with plans to raise up to $500 million. Read More

TikTok, ensnared in India lawsuit, is removed from Google Play

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Short video app TikTok was blocked on Google’s app store shortly after an Indian state court refused Bytedance’s request to suspend a ban on the app in a hearing on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Read More

The Stars Who Vanished from China’s Live-streaming Galaxy

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Pay close attention to China’s live-streaming scene, and you’ll notice that several stars vanished in 2018, leaving no trace on the platforms where they used to perform. Read More

TikTok Launches Talent Search Competition in Japan, South Korea

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Bytedance-owned short video app TikTok launched an in-app talent search program on Friday aimed at discovering independent musicians, starting with those in South Korea and Japan. Read More

Short Video App Kuaishou Launches Youth Control Feature

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Tencent-backed Kuaishou aunched on Thursday a “youth mode” that restricts underage user access on the platform, following Douyin in creating in-app ecosystems designed specifically for young users. Read More

In China, Paying Others to Play Games for You Is Big Business. Tencent Is Not Amused

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If a game is popular enough, it is almost certain that its players will find ways to not play by the rules. Read More

Bytedance Barred from Using WeChat User Information in Douyin, Duoshan

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Tianjin Binhai New Area People’s Court issued a ruling on Wednesday to stop Bytedance from using user information taken from WeChat and QQ on two of its apps. Read More

Chinese Game Industry to See Consolidation in 2019: Report

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A significant number of smaller game developers could put themselves up for sale in 2019 due to regulatory changes, leading to greater industry consolidation, according to a research report from equity firm Tonghai Securities. Read More

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