Mihoyo has recently undergone significant personnel changes, with founder Cai Haoyu further stepping back from the forefront.
ChatGPT's emergence marks AI's bright year. Gaming, closest to the virtual world, rapidly adopts AI. ChinaJoy Exhibition's return in 2023 injects new vitality into the gaming industry.
On July 17th, the suspension of operation for the Chinese servers of 7 Blizzard games, including World of Warcraft, has reached 175 days, approaching half a year. Mike Ybarra, President of Blizzard, was also asked about the situation regarding the Chinese servers during a live stream on July 15th.
Honkai: Star Rail, a 3D role-playing video game developed by miHoYo, was originally set to be launched globally on April 26 at 10:00 am. However, the official opened the server earlier than planned.
On April 21st, Sensor Tower store intelligence data showed that in March 2023, Tencent's Honor of Kings earned $215 million globally on the App Store and Google Play, retaining its position as the best-selling mobile game worldwide. This data does not include third-party Android channels.
Tencent's game "Return to Empire" is now eligible for promotion through traffic acquisition strategies on ByteDance's platforms, including TikTok's sister app Douyin, news and information content platform Toutiao, and streaming platform Xigua Video.
On March 28th, it was reported that Tencent AI Lab unveiled its self-developed 3D game scene automatic generation solution at the 2023 Game Developers Conference. Through AIGC technology, this solution helps developers create highly realistic and diverse virtual city scenes in a very short amount of time, greatly improving game development efficiency.
On March 23, China's video game regulator approved a total of 86 games for release this month, including titles from major companies such as Tencent, NetEase, 37 Interactive Entertainment, and Leiting Games.
China released the approval information of imported online games in 2023 on March 20, and a total of 27 games were approved. NetEase's "Audition: Everybody Party" and Bilibili's "Pretty Derby," and Tencent's "Merge Mansion" are all on this list.
On March 16th, the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou Committee officially announced that the e-sport project "Legend of Hearthstone", produced by Blizzard Entertainment Entertainment Company and operated by NetEase within China, will not go ahead as the business cooperation between the two parties expired and no agreement has yet been reached to renew the contract.
After unveiling the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1-powered Ace 2 last month, OnePlus launched the Ace 2V in China on March 7. The President of OnePlus China, Louis Li, praised the device's appearance, gaming experience, and operating system.
After NetEase's 2022 financial report was released, there was a more eye-catching change than its revenue and profit indicators: the number of daily active users (DAU) of its casual party mobile game "Eggy Party" has exceeded 30 million, garnering the highest DAUs in NetEase's game history.
On February 23, a puzzle video game named "The Room VR: A Dark Matter" developed by the British game publisher Fireproof Games was officially launched in the app store of Chinese VR device maker PICO, the first time this game has been released on a Chinese platform.
Beijing Jianyou Technology, the developer of the pass-through mini game "Sheep a Sheep", which became a national online sensation on China's social media last year, said lately that the company's revenue had exceeded 100 million ($15.6 billion).
NetEase announced on February 15 that it will install the first game version of ChatGPT in China in its mobile game "Justice Online", so that smart non player characters (NPC) can freely conduct dialogue with players and give logical behavioral feedback based on that dialogue.
On February 7, Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus announced its latest Ace 2 model, a high-end device with impressive specifications and a focus on gaming.
US-based video game developer Blizzard on January 20 released competition rules for this year's Hearthstone tournament, showing that players in mainland China will not be able to participate.
Two months after the announcement of a game license termination between NetEase and Blizzard, both parties confirmed that negotiations had failed and they would not renew their contracts.
Shanghai-based game company miHoYo on January 12 denied rumors that it had been issuing extremely high year-end bonuses, with some employees that receive a monthly salary of 8,000 yuan ($1,184) taking in a 864,000 yuan bonus ($128,150).
After "Goose Goose Duck," a social deduction game produced by Gaggle Studios, became popular in China, its server crashed repeatedly and the firm had to halt service to carry out maintenance.