Daniel Sinclair @_DanielSinclair Building for young people. Not reading @danielsunread. Lurking behind likes and thinking about social media, communication, & China. Oct. 03, 2019 1 min read

"Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s Call of Duty Mobile has attracted 20 million gamers within the first two days of its worldwide debut [luring] six times more players upon its opening than the mobile edition of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds"  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-03/tencent-s-call-of-duty-mobile-is-off-to-an-explosive-start 

Tencent faced a massive setback when Chinese regulators stopped issuing new domestic game licenses for months. SAPP is still lagging in issuing Tencent licenses. That likely put more weight behind Tencent's push to further absorb western and Asia markets.

Just from an anti-trust perspective, we may be looking at Tencent's ownership in the U.S. differently soon. But given Game for Peace, designed to appease & warm CCP regulators, I do wonder: will that Asia market ownership serve more purposes than one?  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tencent-games/tencent-pulls-blockbuster-game-pubg-in-china-launches-patriotic-alternative-idUSKCN1SE0CT 

The Tencent criticism hasn't arrived yet — but I foresee it being much larger than Grindr or TikTok. In Tencent Pictures, too, we see a company desperately trying to warm regulators to collect Chinese eyes & dollars. To some, it's soft propganda whitespace  https://variety.com/2019/film/news/edward-cheng-tencent-pictures-1203246187/ 

Just in the last 2 yrs, we saw a drastic uptick in MSS cyberattacks across Southeast Asia & the continent, serving both domestic & foreign agendas. It's interesting to see Tencent's deepening ownership of South Korea at the same time, as CCP rolls out the nationalistic C-pop too.

This is the Communist Party's music video about the Social Credit System by the way. They missed the 'soft' chapter of the K-pop playbook 😅  https://www.whatsonweibo.com/be-as-good-as-your-word-the-chinese-social-credit-song-is-here/ 

Hearthstone arrives on the geopolitical landscape. The Tencent outrage is already arriving. "Activision Blizzard has punished a player for expressing support for Hong Kong’s protest movement."  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-08/blizzard-bans-gamer-rescinds-money-on-hong-kong-protest-support 


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