Mar 01, 2022 09:15 AM

CX Daily: China’s Game Studios Face Long March as Titles Languish Unapproved

China’s months-long suspension in issuing new gaming licenses has affected the industry widely. Photo: VCG
China’s months-long suspension in issuing new gaming licenses has affected the industry widely. Photo: VCG

Gaming /

In Depth: China’s game studios face long march as titles languish unapproved

The future of Chinese video game companies is hanging in the balance as Beijing’s freeze on licenses for new titles enters its seventh month.

The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), which oversees licensing video games in China, has not published a list of approved new titles since late last July. It’s the longest hiatus since Beijing carried out an eight-month hold on giving out licenses back in 2018.

This freeze has become a major headache for the industry, driving many companies out of business. During the six months between July and December, 140,000 gaming companies shut down, according to data from commercial query platform Tianyancha. In contrast, just 18,000 shuttered their businesses in 2020.

Russia-Ukraine /

Cover Story: The beginning of the end of the post-Cold War world order

At 4 a.m. Feb. 24, when Russian missiles pounded the Ukraine capital Kyiv, the post-World War II world order faced its most severe challenge — far more so than the Balkans crisis of the 1990s and the regional wars in eastern Ukraine since 2014.

Hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” to “demilitarize” Ukraine in a nationally televised speech, multiple cities in Ukraine came under attack from three sides by land, sea and air. Massive explosions were heard in Kyiv, and street fighting broke out early Sunday in the second-biggest city, Kharkiv.

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China Merchants Bank and one of its subsidiaries have won approval to conduct pilot trials of its AI-backed verification product in a fintech regulatory sandbox in the Greater Bay Area. Photo: VCG

Fintech /

China Merchants Bank to join Greater Bay Area testing ground for fintech

China Merchants Bank Co. Ltd. (CMB) and one of its Hong Kong subsidiaries won initial approval to conduct product trials as part of a cross-border fintech pilot program in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).

An artificial intelligence-backed identity verification tool developed by CMB and CMB Wing Lung Bank Ltd. will be used when CMB Wing Lung's Chinese mainland customers open a Hong Kong-dollar account on its app, according to a product description released by the Shenzhen branch of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC).

Supply chain finance /

In Depth: China overhauls $23 trillion supply chain finance mechanism

China is about to rein in its booming, 167.23 trillion ($23 trillion) market for commercial acceptance bills, a risky, controversial form of business financing that played a role in the 2019 collapse of Inner Mongolia-based regional lender Baoshang Bank.

Stung by that financial calamity, China’s central bank and top banking regulatory agency are about to overhaul the 25-year-old regulations governing the bills. The rapid growth in their use in recent years and their involvement in fraudulent financing and other violations spurred regulators to close loopholes and tighten supervision of the instruments.

Morgan Stanley /

U.S. probe casts shadow over Morgan Stanley’s China expansion

American investment bank Morgan Stanley’s drive to expand its business presence in China hit a speed bump after U.S. regulators questioned its block trading operations.

The Wall Street giant faces closer scrutiny by China’s securities regulator, which may slow its plan to take greater control of its China fund management business. Chinese regulations stipulate that foreign financial institutions should have no record of violations within three years before such a transaction.

Covid-19 /

Shenzhen probes Covid rule-breaking as new outbreak tops 150 cases

Shenzhen is investigating a dental clinic and property management firm for potential violations of epidemic control rules as the southern tech hub strains to contain its latest local Covid-19 outbreak.

The Guangdong province city reported 36 locally transmitted cases Sunday after its government ramped up testing and contact tracing. It imposed temporary lockdowns in some areas. The new batch of cases takes the tally in the outbreak to more than 150, many of which have been confirmed as the omicron variant.

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Quick hits /

China pledges stronger economic policies to stabilize growth


A Nio showroom in Shanghai on Dec. 27, 2021. Photo: VCG

Electric cars /

Chinese EV-maker Nio to trade shares in Hong Kong

Chinese electric-vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc. obtained pre-approval for its secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, where its shares are set to start trading on March 10 under the ticker “9866,” according to a statement released Monday.

Nio chose to list by introduction — a way for companies with good compliance to trade their existing shares on another bourse. This means the New York-listed business will not sell any fresh shares or raise any money from the move, the company said in a separate exchange filing with the Hong Kong bourse. Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse AG, and CICC Capital are joint sponsors.

Li Auto swings back to profit as sales of its sole electric car surge

Evergrande /

Evergrande sells off more projects to firms that promise to finish them

Debt-ridden China Evergrande Group will sell stakes in four unfinished real estate projects to two state-owned trust firms that have promised to complete them as the troubled private developer works to keep enough cash coming in to pay its bills.

The move shows the lengths Evergrande is willing to go to comply with government directives for developers to complete projects they have already started in hopes of rebuilding confidence in China’s battered real estate market.

Metals /

Ukraine war sends London aluminum, nickel prices on wild ride

All eyes were on prices of aluminum and nickel ahead of their opening in London Monday after supply concerns amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent Western sanctions whipsawed them last week.

The aluminum price on the London Metal Exchange (LME) jumped 3.1% to close at $3,395 per ton Thursday, a historic high, before sliding 1.1% the next day. Prices of nickel gained 1.3% to hit a near 11-year high of $24,716 Thursday, then dropped 1.4% Friday.

Commodities from gold to grains rally as Russia faces isolation

Quick hits /

Sequoia China, Legend Capital lead $188 million funding in self-driving truck developer

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