Local groups Tencent and Netease dominate gaming market in China – Financial Times

Chinese game developers are increasingly dominating the domestic market with hits such as Tencent’s ‘Honour of Kings’ © Bloomberg

January 18, 2018

Chinese gaming companies now dominate their home country, with overseas companies losing out to domestic rivals in the world’s largest video games market as consumers increasingly shift from PCs to mobile phones to play.

Nine of the 10 most popular mobile phone games in China last year were developed by local companies, according to App Annie, a consultancy that ranks titles by number of monthly active players. 

Internet giant Tencent led with six titles in the top 10, with gaming contributing more than half of the company’s revenues last year. The company’s efforts were led by battle game Honour of Kings, the world’s most lucrative title last year.

It was the first year mobile gaming accounted for more than half of the market, underlining China’s shift away from PC gaming.

Mobile games in China took in $17.6bn in sales, up 42 per cent from 2016 and accounting for just over half of China’s $33bn video games market in 2017, according to consultancy NewZoo.

Chinese games took three-quarters of income generated in Chinese Android app stores last year, according to NewZoo.

On the Chinese Apple app store, less than 5 per cent of revenues went to Western companies.

“Western games are underperforming in mobile in China,” said Peter Warman, NewZoo’s chief executive, with experts pointing to foreign companies producing mobile games ill-suited to the country’s tastes and barriers to foreigners operating in China.

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Trump plays his cards close to his chest in 'poker game' over North Korea's nuclear programme – The Independent

North Korea is one of the issues that has defined the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, combining a number of elements the global community has come to expect from the White House incumbent: vague statements, bravado and a flurry of Twitter messages.

In an interview this week Mr Trump said that the US was playing “a very, very hard game of poker and you don’t want to reveal your hand” but what is certain is that the stakes over the North’s nuclear weapons programme certainly increased throughout last year thanks to a mixture of the increase in missile tests by Pyongyang and a similar lift in the intensity of the rhetoric coming out of Washington.

This year started with talks between North and South Korea, where the pair have agreed to march under a unified Korean flag as the North send a team to February’s Winter Olympics held by its neighbour in Pyeongchan. The first high-level talks between the two nations in more than two years are a sign of a thaw, although whether it leads to any more movement after the Games is open to question. It was an easy win for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to agree to a move that will give the country exposure and offers them a level of legitimacy in an international setting they have not had for a while.

The recent mistake in Hawaii, where a false alert of a ballistic missile threat caused panic, shows how quickly things can change and  Mr Trump is seemingly in no mood  to play down the threat, saying Pyongyang is steadily advancing in its ability to deliver a missile to the United States – a move that Mr Kim has repeatedly threatened.

“They’re not there yet, but they’re close. And they get closer every day,”

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1st building of MGM casino opens in western Massachusetts – CT Post

Updated 3:18 pm, Thursday, January 18, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — MGM has opened the first building of its resort casino complex in western Massachusetts.

About 50 employees moved into the casino’s new administrative office this week. The building will eventually house some 300 corporate and human resource workers, as well as a training school for prospective casino workers.

The nearly $1 billion casino development is expected to employ some 3,000 workers and cover three city blocks when it opens in September.

The hotel, casino and entertainment complex will be Massachusetts’ first Las Vegas-style resort. Wynn is also building a resort in the Boston suburb of Everett planned for 2019.

The MGM project has already prompted Connecticut’s policymakers and casino-owning Indian tribes to plan for a satellite casino near the state line to mitigate the impact on its gambling industry.

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How to use a gaming controller with Star Trek: Bridge Crew on your PC – Windows Central

The latest update to Star Trek: Bridge Crew made it possible for PC players to enjoy the game without putting on a VR headset. This made it possible for people to enjoy the Star Trek universe no matter where they are, as long as they are connected to the internet. It’s still an experience best enjoyed with a VR headset, of course, but if that’s not an option the next best thing is going to be picking up a gaming controller.

Using a a gaming controller with Star Trek: Bridge Crew hasn’t been possible until this update, so here’s a quick guide on getting started!

Before you get started

Obviously the first thing you need here is to have a gaming controller and making sure it is connected to your PC before you fire up Star Trek: Bridge Crew. If you have a wired gaming controller, just plug it in and you’re good to go. For wireless gaming controllers, make sure your controller is powered on and connected to your PC.

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You’re also going to need to make sure you have Star Trek: Bridge Crew installed with the latest update, V1.2.53149. To confirm which version of Bridge Crew you currently have installed, check the bottom right corner of the starting menu in the game and you’ll see the text appear in a slightly lighter shade of blue than the rest of the panel.

Using a gaming controller in Star Trek: Bridge Crew

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Plan to fix political gaming of congressional elections doesn't address partisanship – Akron Beacon Journal

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