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Tencent claims its mobile gaming platform covers 80% of Chinese mobile gamers

March 5, 2014 | C. Custer

Tencent’s mobile gaming platform is pretty new, but that hasn’t stopped it from taking China by storm.Read More

WeChat to give away 30,000 coins to Gunz Dash players when their Facebook page hits 30,000 likes

February 5, 2014 | Mary-Anne Lee | 3 Comments

Gunz Dash player? You’ll be able to cash in on WeChat’s Lunar New Year generosity soon. Read More

When your game gets cloned in China, try some diplomacy

January 14, 2014 | Paul Bischoff

China is full of copies, and that’s not about to change any time soon. For game developers facing copyright infringement, the choices seem limited: legal action, defamation of the copycat, or just ignore it. But the Global Mobile Game Confederation (GMGC), wants … Read More

Games anyone? WeChat quietly rolls out games in Indonesia

January 7, 2014 | Enricko Lukman | One Comment

This is a cross-post from our sister site Tech in Asia.

Indonesians loved the social gaming experience in messaging apps Line and KakaoTalk in 2013, and now WeChat wants to join the party. Read More

With a big boost from WeChat, China’s mobile gaming market worth $590 million in Q3

December 13, 2013 | Steven Millward | 2 Comments

Mobile gaming is still China’s fastest-growing game sector, with the market exploding 75 percent from Q2 to Q3 this year. New data from iResearch shows that China’s mobile gaming market was worth RMB 3.6 billion, which is $590 million, in … Read More

WeChat v5.0 Update Arrives on iOS With Social Gaming, Mobile Payments, and Sticker Store

August 5, 2013 | Steven Millward | 5 Comments

The long awaited update to WeChat, the popular China-made messaging app, has arrived. This morning WeChat v5.0 for iOS is rolling out (to be followed by the Android iteration soon) with social gaming, mobile payments, and a proper sticker store. … Read More

KakaoTalk Games Platform Sees Massive Growth in Sales and User Counts

July 17, 2013 | C. Custer

South Korean chat app KakaoTalk has offered its mobile gaming platform for a full year now, and statistics the company has released on the platform’s anniversary are quite impressive. From the second half of 2012 to the first half of … Read More

WeChat Gets Games! Tencent Launches WeChat Game, 10 More Coming Soon

July 10, 2013 | C. Custer | 3 Comments

We’ve known that games were coming to WeChat for a long while now, but it seems they’ve finally arrived. Late Monday evening, Tencent rolled out one game as a test of the service’s ability to become a game platform, and … Read More

Tencent CEO Pony Ma Talks WeChat, Competition, Going Mobile and Global

May 7, 2013 | Willis Wee | One Comment

This afternoon at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) event in Beijing, Tencent’s ‘Pony’ Ma Huateng was on stage speaking about his company’s strategy and future. The first question was about the struggle Tencent’s WeChat has with China’s mobile telcos, … Read More

Not Only on WeChat: Tencent Hints at Integrated Mobile Gaming Platform

May 6, 2013 | Willis Wee

We know that Tencent is developing a social gaming platform for WeChat, its popular messaging app, but so far we’ve not heard about its mobile gaming ambitions. Now, vice-president of Tencent’s Game Division Ma Xiaoyi has explained how WeChat’s gaming … Read More

A Sneak Peek at Some Games on WeChat’s Social Gaming Platform

April 9, 2013 | Steven Millward | 2 Comments

As confirmed by Tencent (HKG:0700) during its most recent earnings call, a WeChat social gaming platform is in the works. Now leaked pictures have emerged of third-party games that will make use of the messaging app’s gaming integration.

(UPDATE: Tencent … Read More

Tencent Plans Three-Pronged Attack to Monetize WeChat

March 22, 2013 | C. Custer | 5 Comments

Tencent’s WeChat mobile chat application has been taking the world — especially China — by storm. But as Tencent knows from watching Sina Weibo, user numbers doesn’t always translate into revenue. So how is the penguin-loving tech giant planning to … Read More

Tencent: Mobile Gaming Platform For WeChat to Begin Testing Soon

March 20, 2013 | Steven Millward | 3 Comments

Tencent’s (HKG:0700) full-year 2012 financials came out this evening, showing that the web giant’s mobile services grew a mere 14 percent in terms of revenue in the past year. But that might change in 2013. In the post-earnings conference call … Read More

Hailing WeChat and Mobile Progress, Tencent Posts $7 Billion in 2012 Revenues

March 20, 2013 | Steven Millward

Hong Kong markets have just closed, and Tencent (HKG:0700), China’s biggest web company, has released its 2012 full-year and Q4 financials. With Tencent hoping to have a global success story with its WeChat messaging app, more eyes than ever are … Read More

Indonesia Loves to Guess: See Which Locally-Made Game Booted WeChat from Top Spot on iOS

March 19, 2013 | Enricko Lukman | One Comment

Do you guys remember the Indonesian game Icon Pop Quiz which received props from Korean singer PSY in December? Well, its developer, Alegrium, launched a sequel to its popular Icon Pop game called Icon Pop Brand earlier this month. The … Read More

An Experiment in HTML5 Gaming Inside WeChat

March 18, 2013 | Steven Millward | 2 Comments

We get the feeling that the hugely popular messaging app WeChat will eventually move into social gaming. (We asked earlier this afternoon but a Tencent rep declined to comment). Until then, the closest we have is this fun experiment in … Read More