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Tecent, one of the world's largest gaming companies and technology firms, has yet to permeate the US market in the way that it wants, which is one of the big reasons why it partnered with Nintendo earlier this year. A key part of that effort is to "learn the essence of making console games" from a company that knows a thing or two about releasing hit titles. Nintendo is not just adept at making hit games, it has discovered the secret to creating booming franchises around iconic characters, like Super Mario, Zelda, and Donkey Kong, to name just a few. This is perhaps best exemplified in Super Smash Bros., a wildly popular brawler where many of Nintendo's characters appear in the same game. "What... Read more...
Like all battle royale games, PUBG Mobile is often the target of relentless cheaters and hackers. Tencent notes that for a while now, it has been working to improve the Cheating Detection services it offers. The devs are now talking about what they have been doing to curb cheating and hacking, while indicated that they are 100 percent committed to a fair gameplay experience for everyone. Tencent talked about some hacking myths that aren't true, including one that says hackers who spend money don't get banned. The devs say that the amount of money spent has no impact on punishment for cheating. The devs also note that all hackers will be caught, even those using VIP Cheats. Tencent makes no money... Read more...
As part of the built-in protection in Safari to keep iOS users safe from malicious websites, Apple sends to browsing data to Tencent, a technology firm in China. This is revealed in an updated privacy notice, in which Apple says Tencent "may also log your IP address" in addition to the web address. Apple is not being nefarious here. Quite the opposite, at least in intent—when an iOS user visits a website, the URL and, in some cases, their IP address is sent off to be cross checked against known fraudulent websites. This step serves as an additional layer of protection against being caught up in a phishing scam. Previously in the US, Apple relied on Google and it's Safe Browsing service... Read more...
We all float down here. Rumor has it that Fortnite will celebrate Halloween with an It: Chapter Two crossover. Several leaks were posted on Twitter that hint that the crossover is coming soon. Data miners discovered sound bites labeled “Illinois Laugh” and they sound eerily like laugh of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The data miners also found a file for a “CreepyBalloon”. The floating balloon resembles the balloon that Pennywise uses to lure his victims. Image from FortTory via Twitter Epic Games appears to have tried to misdirect data miners. The “CreepyBalloon” is light pink instead of the iconic red. The sound bite has been labelled as the “Illinois... Read more...
The battle royale genre has exploded in popularity over the last couple of years with titles like Fortnite and PUBG leading the way. Needless to say, many developers are looking to get in on the battle royale free-for-all, and the latest is Tencent Next Studios with the announcement of Synced: Off-Planet. Synced: Off-Planet puts a new spin on the genre with gameplay that seems to combine inspiration from other fictional works like World War Z and Left for Dead. You compete in a team of three; with two other human players serving beside you. Faced against you will be 45 other human opponents... and around 1,500 AI zombies (called Nanos) in a fight for survival. Having 48 humans (16 teams of 3)... Read more...
The mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUGB) sees over 70 million average daily users in China, but even so, Tencent Holdings is yanking the game and replacing it with a more government friendly alternative called Game for Peace. Analysts believe it could generate over $1 billion annually through in-game purchases. Tencent announced the launch of Game for Peace on Weibo, where a Google translation pegs the name as Peace Elite. Whatever you want to call it, the game is not PUBG. This is a big deal for Tencent. PUBG Mobile is a big time money maker for the developer, with users having forked over more than $320 million, based on data from Sensor Tower. Nevertheless, its removal from... Read more...
When it comes to digital stores for PC games, Steam is currently the dominant force. Chinese gaming company Tencent wants to battle Steam globally and plans to roll out WeGame beyond its home market of China. The first country that WeGame will battle Steam in is Hong Kong and reports indicate that a version of the platform for that country is in the works now. WeGame launched in September of last year to replace the Tencent Games Platform and has been widely compared to Steam. It is much smaller than Steam with a current catalog of only 220 games. Those gamers are a mix of Chinese titles and some from international companies. The goal for Tencent is to expand that catalog greatly as it rolls... Read more...
Riot Games owner Tencent has announced a new console called the Tencent Games Platform (TGP) Box. Tencent, Intel, and Haier unveiled the Blade BOX at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES Asia) in Shanghai on Wednesday.[Image Source: GameSpot]The console is powered by a sixth-generation Intel core processor and runs Windows 10 and a "TGP Box mode" for the gaming environment. In TGP Box mode, players can quickly download and update games and start local game and online streaming sessions. Players can also switch seamlessly between gaming mode and Windows 10. Haier controlled the system’s hardware production; Intel was responsible for the computing platform, built-in smart... Read more...
WeChat users in China will have to keep stories of one-night stands to themselves. That's because China's Internet regulator, Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), has posted new guidelines that prohibit sexual and otherwise vulgar content the popular messaging application owned by Tencent Holdings. Also out are stories of "wife-swapping, sexual abuse, and other harmful information." The same goes for explicit pictures and text, such as nude photos and erotic anime, all of which are now banned on WeChat. Users who ignore the ban will be subject to a one-week suspension the first time they're caught. After four slaps on the wrist, accounts that continue to run afoul of the rules will be banned... Read more...
Google has shamed the likes of Dropbox by offering many gigabytes of storage to every user for $0.00, but as cloud storage becomes cheaper, more accessible, and more demanded, new entrants are pushing the envelope. Tencent, a huge company in China, is looking to make a major splash in North America. How? By giving out more free cloud storage space than any other company in the world. A new report suggests that Tencent is planning to offer up 10TB of free cloud storage -- yes, you read that correctly. The new offering is slated to land next year, and it'll no doubt put the squeeze on companies such as Box.net, Dropbox, and Google. Cloud storage as a business model is changing rapidly. It's quickly... Read more...
Heard of Razer? Heard of Intel? Heard of Tencent? Okay, two out of three isn't bad, but all three are vital in the formation of a new strategic partnership that's bringing together a key gaming lab in China. Today, the companies announced that Intel and Razer (two key companies in the formation of the Switchblade) would be working with encent, China’s leading provider of games and internet services, to launch a new "strategic partnership" in China. China might seem like an odd place to launch the Switchblade, but Lenovo has done just that for years and managed to succeed quite well. Razer already has a strong presence in Asia, and this will only make it stronger.  At this time, it's... Read more...
Fully a third of the top dogs on Barron's 30 Most Respected CEOs list released in this week's print edition hail from the tech world.Given how virtually all anyone talks about these days (other than healthcare, but don't expect a discussion of that here) is social media, gadgets and the interwebz, it should be no shock. Nonetheless, a few tech names fell off the list this year: Chase Carey of DirecTV left the company to be the No. 2 man at NewsCorp.; Satoru Iwata of Nintendo due to the Wii's declining fortunes; and Rick Tsai of TSMC, as he's no longer with the semiconductor manufacturer.So we have, then, the 10 most respected CEOs from the tech world (phrases in italics are Barron's summation... Read more...