If you’ve read TechNode for any length of time, you’d know that Tencent, one of the world’s ten largest companies, has a massive video game empire. It owns stakes in the following game publishers and developers: 100% of Riot Games100% of Sharkmob84% of Supercell80% of Grinding Gear...

We have all dreamt about e-commerce saving the traditional retail business, turning an asset-heavy industry reliant on expensive square meters and armies of ground sales staff into light online front stores managed by a few tech-savvy marketers.  Well, it happened, and e-commerce has become...

While privacy and security of Chinese technology have been sources of concern for the Indian government, it was the recent border tensions that triggered Monday’s app ban. After reports of the deaths of 20 soldiers, right-wing activists called for the boycott of Chinese goods. Videos of people...

“The China Hustle,” a documentary from a few years back, depicts a special type of stock market fraud. Obscure Chinese high-tech manufacturers, agricultural producers, and mining companies would list on overseas stock exchanges. Investor conferences, investment funds, and stockbrokers played up...

I still remember my first Singles’ Day shopping experience in 2014—it was simple and quick. After refreshing my shopping cart page at 12 a.m. the day of the sale, all the prices went down. I quickly checked out and closed Taobao. There were no coupons, no games, and no presales requiring buyers...

In China’s consumer culture, “limited offers” from globally-recognized brands have the distinct potential to command long queues and consumer frenzy on levels associated overseas only with hardcore Star Wars fans. The collaboration between the buzzy American plant-based meat company...

In 2020, livestreaming has shown unprecedented vitality. Various livestreaming platforms are maturing, becoming more mainstream and the epidemic has led to the growth of online work, entertainment, and consumption. Livestreaming e-commerce is growing every day. There’s a current trend for...

As China’s economy is experiencing a big hit from the coronavirus pandemic, internet giants like Tencent are looking into lower-tier markets for new growth opportunities. In 2025, physical goods in lower-tier markets will account for 45% of total online retail sales in China, or some RMB 8.1...

In April, a cybersecurity researcher showed that Xiaomi was collecting heaps of user data without users’ authorization. The Chinese smartphone maker responded that the data was aggregated and therefore couldn’t be used to identify users.  The argument was not convincing. On May 4, under...

On May 15, the world’s largest contract chipmaker announced plans to open a production plant, or “fab,” in Arizona, US. If you know the industry, it doesn’t seem to make business sense: the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will build a 5nm fab in Phoenix, Arizona and...

New export ban rules announced by the US Department of Commerce could be the blow that finally incapacitates Huawei, cutting off its ability to create advanced semiconductors. Whilst rules passed by the Department of Commerce last year blocked Huawei from Google Services, reducing Huawei’s...