Hearthstone is a game of ups and downs, where anything can happen at the drop of a card. That sentiment is even more true at competition level. This past weekend, China's Blizzard operator, NetEase, held the quarterfinals to their new Gold League e-sports event, and the HearthStone competition was fierce.
It's official folks: in China, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be operated by the same conglomerate, Shanghai Media Group. How's that for friendly rivals?
At this point it almost feels like I'm repeating myself. Blizzard and NetEase have pulled out all the stops to get players in China hyped up for the Warlords of Draenor expansion—so much so that they've just installed an actual Dark Portal in one of Shanghai's busiest subway stations!
Apple's latest iPhones, the 6 and 6 Plus have yet to get released in China. That said, many Chinese already have purchased the phones from foreign markets—purchases where China makes no money off the sales tax. Now, Chinese customs is looking to crack down and cash in.
The first mainstream video game console to launch in China in over 13 years has just been delayed. The Xbox One won't be sold in China starting tomorrow—instead, it'll be released sometime before the end of 2014.
Gambling is illegal in China, super illegal, which is one of the many reasons Macao is now the gambling capital of the world. In China, gambling is often associated with video game arcades. To circumvent gambling in arcades, Shanghai authorities are now putting "black boxes" inside arcade machines.
Media reports are coming in that Chinese media companies BesTV and Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group are merging. The two companies are respective joint venture partners of Microsoft and Sony for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in China.
Chinese media is reporting that Microsoft's Xbox One console is right on schedule for its September 23 release in the middle kingdom.
For 15 years, a young Chinese man was called a video game addict. He was looked down upon because of his hobby. But now, 15 years later, he's been vindicated. He's now an manager for a e-sports club in China.
Throughout the years, China Joy has been labeled various names by both the foreign and Chinese press. Some have called it a show about busts, others have called it a giant sea of people. Personally, I call China Joy fun!
So, the Xbox One's going to launch in China. Big whoop right? From Microsoft's press briefings, the system will launch in China with a fair amount of Western games, such as NBA 2K14 and Titanfall. But apart from these, the Windows company has got its hands on a few China exclusives as well!
The Xbox One will finally be heading into China later this year. Microsoft's home console, the first console officially announced for the Chinese market, will launch sometime this September.
UNStudio has created a beautifully constructed archway that brightens up the retail sphere of Xintiandi Mall in China. Because it's lined with mirrors, you can track your movements from beginning to end and watch your surroundings skip playfully across the different planes of the mall's entrance. It's like walking…
Developers from all over the world took part in the Global Game Jam in late January. Over 4000 games were made in the span of a weekend, with about 15 coming out from China through the game jam location in Shanghai. Let's take a look at what the Chinese developers came up with.
Earlier this week, China's State Council sneakily released a document about regulations in the nifty Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Due to this release, media outlets have been calling China's archaic 13-year ban on video games consoles to be over. I'm here to rain on everyone's parade.
For the last 11 years, the yearly China Digital Entertainment Expo has been "entertaining" China and the world's gamers. Commonly known as China Joy, the show is usually known more for its booth companions—in fact, this year's China Joy was more about the gamers and geeks taking photos of young women.
Thirteen years ago, China banned video game console sales in the country. Now, it seems like the ban is coming to end, and while that is good, the reality of it all is that the lifting of the ban means literally phooey to China, the world, and video games.
While there are many video game bars in the US and Japan, there aren't too many in China. There are arcades that have bars but this Arcade is…