99% of Banned PUBG Accounts Come From China: A Look at China’s Cheating Industry

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has reached 30 million players worldwide, according to data released by producer Bluehole, with Chinese players accounting for 46%. However, PUBG’s anti-cheating tech provider, BattlEye, also released data showing that 99% of accounts banned for cheating are from China. Programmers, sales platforms, and agents who promote and sell illegal mods make up... Continue Reading →

League of Legends All-Star 2017

China had an amazing showing at the 2017 League of Legends All-Star tournament, taking home first place in both 1v1 and 5v5. They managed to defeat League of Legends titans of the LCK in a best of three, 2-1 during semi-finals, and went head-to-head against LMS in a best of five for the finals, including... Continue Reading →

JasonZhou Calls Out Blizzard’s Unfair Treatment of Chinese Players at HCT

Update 7/12: Hearthstone's Production Director, Jason Chayes, has responded to the issues at HCT, saying, "On behalf of Blizzard and the Hearthstone team, I want to personally apologize for the limited advance notice we provided you regarding our deck list submission deadline for the 2017 HCT Spring Championship... Blizzard takes competitive integrity seriously, and we... Continue Reading →

Chinese Hearthstone Players Were Not Told Tournament Format in Advance

The Hearthstone Championship Tour Spring 2017 tournament took place this weekend in Shanghai. Sixteen players from around the world competed over three days to win first place and $60,000. Four of those players were from China—Dogggg, JasonZhou, Trunks, and xHope. All but Trunks went 0-2, and Trunks fared only marginally better with 1-2. None of... Continue Reading →

REDemption: LPL Wins Rift Rivals 2017 Asian Region

After four days of intense competition, the Chinese League of Legends division, LPL, triumphed in the Rift Rivals 2017 Asian region tournament against the LCK (Korea) and the LMS (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao). The first day of competition saw China with 2 wins and 2 losses (1 win and 1 loss to both LMS and... Continue Reading →

Tencent Imposes Age-Based Gaming Restrictions to Curb Addiction

As we’ve written timeand timeagain, China is deeply concerned with video game addiction, in particular the potential for children to become addicted to games. The newest move in game addiction prevention comes from corporate giant Tencent, who will be imposing play limits on their game, Honour of Kings*, based on age. The new regulations will... Continue Reading →

A Closer Look at China’s "Loot Box Law"

China recently implemented new laws requiring video games to disclose the drop rate of items in any kind of loot crate/box/pack sold by the game (for example, DotA, Overwatch, Counter-Strike, etc.), and while most companies complied, Blizzard has been somewhat reluctant to give out their algorithms. Instead of probabilities for each box, or even for... Continue Reading →

Chinese Hearthstone Players Hit US Visa Barriers

In her first round of applications for a US Visa, Hearthstone Global Wild Tournament winner SHRoyalBaiZe (or just BaiZe) was denied her visa, according to a post on her Weibo from June 19. On June 22nd, however, her second visa application was approved, allowing her to participate in the Tournament in the US next week.... Continue Reading →

Black Desert MMO Set For Release in China

China is looking forward to the release of Korean sandbox MMO Black Desert. It was released in 2014 in Korea, 2015 in Japan and Russia, and 2016 in North America and Europe. Although it has not been officially announced for release in China, a Chinese website for the game has gone live, indicating a release... Continue Reading →

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