The WeGame vs Steam rivalry is growing! Tencent, the giant of the Chinese games market, wants to expand and take its PC game marketplace, WeGame, worldwide. Indeed, Tencent is currently preparing a worldwide launch of the platform, and it hopes that it will rival Steam. Beginning with a Hong Kong edition of WeGame, Tencent is preparing for global domination. Hong Kong and China do not share all the same laws and rules when it comes to overseas media. The Hong Kong edition of WeGame will be the first time the popular platform will be officially made available outside of China. For the unaware, WeGame is a platform similar in essence to Steam. It is an upgrade on Tencent’s original software, Tencent Games Platform. As of writing, there are only 220 titles available on WeGame, but this number is likely to rise dramatically following its launch in Hong Kong. Such a move into overseas markets could see WeGame’s worth shoot up to $28.6 billion. Crikey. As reported on South China … [Read more...] about WeGame vs Steam Rivalry Grows With Tencent Planning Worldwide Expansion
The colossal Chinese game publisher Tencent is making a global version of WeGame, its own PC gaming distribution and social platform. WeGame is currently only available in China. "The Hong Kong version of WeGame is now under development," a spokesperson told the South China Morning Post. "This version will be available for overseas users, and we will use this platform to bring more Chinese games to the global market." Tencent has a lot of ground to make up. WeGame only launched in September last year, though it did build upon the pre-existing Tencent Games Platform. Its catalogue presently comprises only 220 games - a mix of Chinese titles and a select few from overseas. Expanding into Hong Kong - where websites can be accessed by Chinese users, yet are not subject to regulation by the Chinese government - is a sensible first step to bringing more games onto the platform. Tencent's many investments in major western studios, such as Activision-Blizzard and Ubisoft, will most likely … [Read more...] about Tencent is taking on Steam with a global version of WeGame
The production company, Bad Robot by J.J. Abrams and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have entered into a partnership with Tencent games to launch a new video game division called Bad Robot Games. J.J. Abrams himself will not be the head instead Bad Robot Games will be lead by Dave Baranoff who has been in charge of Bad Robot’s games and interactive content creation since 2006. The company will use its expertise in movies to hire writers, creative directors, visual artists, designers and in-house artists to develop both the indie and AAA level games for PC, mobile and consoles. Tim Keenan who’s known for his indie game ”Duskers” will take the role of creative director for the new division. J.J. Abrams said: “I’m a massive games fan, and increasingly envious of the amazing tools developers get to work with, and the worlds they get to play in,” Abrams said in a statement. “Now we are doubling down on our commitment to the … [Read more...] about New Video Game Division Launched by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Kojima Part 2 Incoming?
PUBG kickstarted the battle royale phenomenon when it was initially released for the PC. Now it's available on Xbox One, as well as Android and iOS devices. In the first quarter of 2018, PUBG Mobile has turned out to be the most downloaded game in the world. Despite that impressive feat, it didn't manage to actually be the most profitable mobile game. According to the most recent Sensor Tower's Store Intelligence Data Digest, PUBG Mobile has accrued over 60 million installs on Android and iOS devices worldwide in the first quarter of 2018 alone. Most of those downloads were from the App Store whereas the game didn't even make it into the top twenty of the most downloaded games on Google Play. Subway Surfers grabbed the top spot for the latter. Thanks to PUBG's amount of downloads, its developer Tencent is currently number one on the top mobile publishers by game downloads and game revenue. Another Tencent game, Honor of Kings, was overall the most profitable game in the first quarter … [Read more...] about PUBG Was Most Downloaded Mobile Game During First Quarter 2018 but Not the Most Profitable
If you live in North America or Europe, you might think that Activision, Ubisoft or Riot Games are in the running for the title of “World’s Biggest Video Game Company.” You’d be wrong, but each of these does have a connection to the company wearing the crown. Tencent is the world’s largest gaming company, and it owns pieces of Activision, Riot and more. Over the past seven years, the Chinese giant has been buying up bits and pieces of video game companies, expanding its influence throughout the Western world. Tencent has been in the news again lately thanks to helping Ubisoft stave off a hostile takeover by French entertainment giant Vivendi. The deal keeps control of Ubisoft with CEO Yves Guillemot and his family, while giving the publisher an established channel for bringing its biggest games into the world’s largest gaming market. Prior to Tencent’s purchase of a 5 percent stake in Ubisoft, the duo teamed up to release the successful Might … [Read more...] about Tencent isn’t just Ubisoft’s savior — it’s the world’s biggest gaming company