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Big victory for Chinese tech employees, as court declares 996 work schedule illegal
Chinese tech companies like Tencent and Alibaba have been forcing their employees to work 72 hours a week due to the so-called “996 schedule.” After years of workes’ fighting against it, the court has officially declared this practice illegal.
Report: how China’s playtime restrictions might stimulate grey market and steer kids to use VPNs
The grey market plays a huge role in the Chinese games industry, and the country’s new playtime restrictions for kids might boost it even more. People will not stop looking for alternative ways of playing games, especially if there are not too many legal solutions left.
No tattoos, no nudity, and spoons everywhere: how CDPR censors GWENT for China
GWENT is known for its outstanding arts, but the Chinese version of the game has suffered from censorship a lot. CD Projekt had to cut all violent and NSFW content, which suddenly gave cards weird (and sometimes hilarious) context.
China to fight game addiction by cutting playtime for minors to only three hours a week
There have already been enough restrictions for Chinese minors when it comes to their playtime, but the rules have now become even stricter. The country’s gaming regulator will prohibit underage gamers from playing more than three hours a week.
China to ban US IPOs for domestic tech companies holding ‘sensitive consumer data’
Beijing might prohibit Chinese tech giants from listing outside the country. If the new regulations come into force, companies that operate “large amounts of sensitive consumer data” won’t be able to go public in the US.
Tencent’s complicated relationship with Chinese government and media cost it $400 billion in market value
Tencent saw its market cap drop almost twice since the beginning of the year. It is all happening in the wake of new regulations from the Chinese government that has a long history of love-hate relationship with the games industry.
China approves new strict data privacy law as it continues to regulate cyberspace
Starting November 1, a new data privacy law will take effect in China. It will compel tech companies to collect less information to protect online users. They also should have a special person in charge of personal data protection.
Leyou Technologies that Tencent bought for $1.3 billion turned into ‘satellite studio’
Last year, Tencent acquired Chinese holding company Leyou Technologies, which owns IPs like Warframe and Gears Tactics, for $1.3 billion. Following the acquisition, Leyou became a “satellite studio” due to the mass exodus of employees and a few cancelled projects.
Chinese government gets board seat at ByteDance, investors concerned over unprecedented move
Beijing continues to find new ways to hold back and regulate Chinese tech companies. It’s been revealed that ByteDance now has a government-appointed director on the board. This news raised concerns among investors about the market’s potential.
Film about PUBG-like game released in China to good reviews, but Krafton considering legal actions
Biubiubiu (硬汉枪神) is a new Chinese film about a streamer who forms an esports team with his friends. A video game presented in the movie is very similar to PUBG. That’s why Krafton is now considering legal actions against its creators.
Footage of Tencent employees touching women’s breasts at company event resurfaces amid Activision Blizzard scandal
Tencent’s annual parties reportedly used to include disturbing activities demeaning to women, as shown in the videos that reappeared online. The company event shown in the video took place in 2017. Since then, the Chinese tech giant has apologized for the behavior seen in the footage and promised to tackle it “head-on”.
Chinese companies might promote their ideals through Western game studios they snap, experts think
Tech giants like Tencent act aggressively in the M&A market, buying stakes in many Western studios. Amid the ongoing consolidation, some experts believe that Chinese companies could promote their values through games and even control the way reality is portrayed in them.
Research: many iOS games ignore Chinese law requiring devs to disclose loot boxes odds
Although Chinese regulators require developers to disclose loot boxes odds to players, many studios find their own ways to bypass the rules. Some companies try to hide the information from gamers, while others simply ignore the law.
JoyPac to help Ketachapp and other top hyper-casual publishers enter Chinese mobile market
China is one of the biggest markets for mobile games. However, it is still hard for Western companies to enter this territory. That’s why JoyPac decided to help top hyper-casual publishers reach local players and expand their businesses.