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Tencent profit drop blamed on wait for new games approval

18 August, 2018, 02:47 | Author: Lydia Fleming
  • A weaker yuan makes Chinese exports cheaper cushioning the impact of the tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump

Revenues rose 30% to 73.7 billion yuan ($11.1 billion), but fell short of the 77.3 billion yuan projected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters. In a report via TheStar China has effectively put a temporary ban on all new game releases due to a massive shakeup in the censorship agency.

China is the world's largest gaming market, with an estimated US$37.9 billion (£30 billion) in revenue, according to research by Newzoo.

On Monday, regulators halted sales of Monster Hunter: World less than a week after its launch.

Not only did China clamp down on popular title Monster Hunt, but Tencent still doesn't have the approval to bring PUBG or Fortnite to PC in China, and its financial results show some slowing.

Additionally, after China's content regulator went through reforms, many firms are still waiting to be granted licenses for new games which have been on hold since March. Tencent's hugely popular mobile game, Honor of Kings, also fell victim to regulations past year, over concerns that teens were spending too much time on it. It said it cashed out of startups such as Ele.me and Mobike to raise capital to bankroll new services such as game live-streaming and in traditional retail.

It is not going well for Tencent when it comes to this game.

Under pressure to curb gaming marathons on Tencent's smash hit "King of Glory" mobile multiplayer battle game, the company previous year started restricting daily playing times for children.

"The only problem that we have is that one of our biggest games, PUBG Mobile, is not monetizing". The Japanese games industry has suffered too, with Capcom's shares dropping 2.7 percent and Konami falling 4.2 in the wake of the freeze being reported. Monthly active users climbed nearly 10 per cent to 1.06 billion in the June quarter - a massive population of consumers not just for games and ads but also fledgling services from video to financial services.

Talking about Tencent, it seems to be that Tencent is already going to a rough patch and now this seems to have stirred a lot of tension for them. "Insane to think that because of leadership shift on top, the world's biggest gaming companies are in complete disarray". A closely watched Communist Party newspaper publicly chastised Tencent past year over the game, claiming it caused addiction in young people. Alibaba Group Holding affiliate Ant Financial was initially cheered for providing everyday people and small businesses with easier access to loans and other financial products.



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