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6:30 PM on 07.25.2012

Android device rips Vita design, has a stupid name

What would you name an Android-based tablet with game controls that rips the PlayStation Vita's design? Surely not "Droid X360," right?  This Android 4.0 little tablet in a Vita-like case has that silly name etched on th...

Dale North



Tencent and Activision bring Call of Duty Online to China photo
Tencent and Activision bring Call of Duty Online to China
by Dale North

A new agreement between Activision Blizzard and Chinese ISP Tencent will bring Call of Duty Online to Chinese gamers. COD Online has been in development for two years now, designed specifically for the Chinese market. When it's done it will bring free-to-play multiplayer action with weapon and character customization to tens of millions of players. An in-game store will let players enhance their gear and weapons, as well as nab perks created specifically for this market. 

Tencent, under a multi-year agreement with Activision Blizzard, will have an exclusive license to operate Call of Duty Online in mainland China. They'll make money from microtransactions, of course. 

"We are very excited about our relationship with Tencent and the opportunities for gaming in China," said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.  "We think China is one of the most exciting places in the world for us to grow our business and to develop innovative new games."

The game's website is all smoky and teaser-y. The trailer, above, looks crazy.

If they do this right, Activision could rule the world with the money they'll make.

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10:15 AM on 06.19.2012

Chinese telco Tencent invests in Epic Games

Today it was announced that Chinese telecommunications and internet company Tencent Holdings has acquired a minority stake in Epic Games. This is being called a strategic investment. Epic will continue to work independently, ...

Dale North

1:00 PM on 12.29.2011

Man buys virtual sword for unreleased game, pays $16,000

A man in China has spent $16,000 buying a digital sword for a game that hasn't been released. Age of Wulin, an MMORPG from Snail Games, held an online auction ahead of release, selling subscription cards and in-game items whi...

Jim Sterling



Copyright infringement is alright with Angry Birds photo
Copyright infringement is alright with Angry Birds
by Brock Janikowski

Most companies go out of their way to protect their intellectual property. The scenarios, stories, and characters found in famous gaming titles are the lifeblood of many companies; allowing others to take their creative works can invite financial ruin.

Sometimes, though, a little copyright infringement might not be so bad. According to Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka, copyright infringement for Angry Birds products is running rampant in China ... and that's a good thing.

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9:00 PM on 10.02.2011

Chinese pirates help Unity expand

I can't imagine ever seeing a general consensus when it comes to software piracy. Consumers, developers, publishers and the media all approach the situation from different angles and have different motivations and investments...

Fraser Brown

12:45 PM on 09.29.2011

Fruit Ninja's sticky juice to splatter all over China

Man, there's just something about Fruit Ninja. Even the most jaded, weathered, hard core gamer can still find some time for this casual delight. Everyone loves this chart-topping Halfbrick mobile title! You're a cranky piece ...

Dale North

7:15 PM on 08.16.2011

Crytek bringing free-to-play Warface to 'Western markets'

It seemed odd that a company like Crytek would produce a free-to-play first-person shooter for PC and only talk about how it's going to be available in China. The powers that be are now discussing further plans: Warface "will...

Jordan Devore

1:00 AM on 07.30.2011

China tells booth babes to show less skin

Booth babes have become one of the attractions that people attending conventions and expos expect to see. They are sexy and usually scantily or outrageously dressed, they may not know anything about video games (or whatever p...

Victoria Medina





11:15 AM on 07.25.2011

Chinese couple sell their kids to pay for MMO habit

In a story that has left me with my jaw literally hanging open, two parents have been apprehended by Chinese authorities after it transpired they sold their three children to fund their MMO habit.  Li Lin and L...

Jim Sterling

7:30 PM on 05.26.2011

Chinese prisoners forced into MMO gold farming

It's been reported that prisoners in a Jixi labor camp were made to farm gold in MMOs, so the prison bosses could get rich selling it on. Some people already think gold farmers ought to be locked up, and it seems China is tak...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 02.08.2011

Chinese ISP acquires majority stake in Riot Games

Riot Games, maker of PC online battle arena game League of Legends, has announced that Chinese internet services provider Tencent has acquired a majority stake in their company. We still don't know what this means financ...

Dale North

10:30 PM on 02.07.2011

What the hell? Blizzard theme park 'Joyland' for China?

Never would I have combined the two random thoughts to come up with the idea of a Blizzard-themed theme park. It doesn't quite compute in my head, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. Of course, if there was to ...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 01.18.2011

First game for Chinese eBox Kinect-ish console, Flyimal

eBox. That's what many think this new Chinese game system will be called, set to be released later this year. It will have Kinect-like motion sensing controls integrated into the unit. One of the first games for the system...

Dale North

3:00 PM on 09.20.2010

Final Fantasy XIV text issue turns Chocobos to Horsebirds

I've paid a fair amount of attention to strange Japanese games, but this situation's weird in a very different sense. It's confusing, especially if you're unfamiliar with how Japanese text works, so stay with me here. Written...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 08.29.2010

Say hello to the eBox, China's answer to Kinect

We all know about the Chinese knock-off Wiis that are all over the place, but those are so last year. No one is going to want a knock-off of a Wii when they can get a knock-off of Kinect! At least that is the obvious thinking...

Matthew Razak