One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)

While Chinese Internet cafes are supposedly on the decline, but with a 126 million active players at net cafes across the country it's easy to see that net cafes are still a major player in the gaming scene of China. Such as it is, it's always interesting to see what kind of games are being played in the country's net cafes.

Despite it being a new year and a new month, we'll be taking a look at statistics from last month published by Tencent. Tencent, the Chinese gaming giant that I think will one day take over the world, publishes and develops video games among other things. This list might be a bit biased (Tencent did publish it) so please take it with a grain of salt.

  1. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)League of Legends (英雄联盟)
    Developer: Riot Games
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre: Massive Online Battle Arena
  2. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)Cross Fire Online (穿越火线)
    Developer: Smile Gate
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre: First Person Shooter
  3. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)Blade and Soul (剑灵)
    Developer: NCSoft
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre: Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.
  4. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)DNF (Dungeon Fighter Online) (地下城与勇士)
    Developer: Nexon
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre: Mutliplayer Beat-em Up
  5. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)QQ Racing (QQ飞车)
    Developer: Tencent
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre: Racing
  6. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)Ni Zhan Online (逆战)
    Developer: Tencent
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre: First Person Shooter
  7. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)QQ Dancing (QQ炫舞)
    Developer: Tencent
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre: Dancing/Rhythm
  8. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)Meng San Guo (梦三国)
    Developer: Hangzhou Dianhun
    Publisher: Hangzhou Dianhun
    Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game with MOBA elements
  9. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)New Journey To The West (新大话西游2)
    Developer: NetEase
    Publisher: NetEase
    Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
  10. One Company Is Dominating Chinese Internet Cafes (Apparently!)NBA 2k Online
    Developer: 2k Games
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre:Sports/ Basketball

Of the above games, eight out of the ten are either developed or operated in China by Tencent. In China online games are often "operated" or published by a publisher. Foreign developed games tend to work in unison with a Chinese developer/publisher to put their games out in China, the best example would be World of Warcraft and NetEase. For example, NetEase is the operator and "distributor" of WoW in China.

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