Josh Ye

Hong Kong

Josh Ye

Reporter, SCMP Tech

Josh joined the Post in 2016 to cover politics and business in mainland China and Hong Kong. Since 2018, he has covered China's emerging tech sector. Having graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English and philosophy, he is now pursuing a master's degree in law at the University of Hong Kong.

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The Sandbox developer Animoca Brands sees private valuation surge to US$5 billion amid metaverse, NFT frenzy

Investors are betting firms like Animoca Brands can disrupt incumbent video games business model by combining NFTs and the metaverse.

Investors are betting firms like Animoca Brands can disrupt incumbent video games business model by combining NFTs and the metaverse.

18 Jan 2022 - 8:30PM
Hong Kong buyers of NFTs are ripe targets for hackers, scammers amid growing popularity of crypto projects, dearth of regulation

The past year saw an international boom in NFTs, the total value of which exceeded US$40 billion, but criminal activity has also increased in this sector.

The past year saw an international boom in NFTs, the total value of which exceeded US$40 billion, but criminal activity has also increased in this sector.

15 Jan 2022 - 11:30AM
Hong Kong NFT start-ups jockey to become the next Bored Apes and CryptoPunks in an increasingly crowded field

Working professionals in Hong Kong are leaving job security behind to start their own NFT projects, but their rapid rise in the span of a few months has increased concerns of a bubble.

Working professionals in Hong Kong are leaving job security behind to start their own NFT projects, but their rapid rise in the span of a few months has increased concerns of a bubble.

7 Jan 2022 - 6:05PM
NFT project takes prime Hong Kong ad spot in Central as crypto firms test residents’ appetite for blockchain assets

Projects like Delirious Mind Travelers and Degenerate Ape Academy are spending big money in a bet on the future of NFTs in Asia’s financial hub.

Projects like Delirious Mind Travelers and Degenerate Ape Academy are spending big money in a bet on the future of NFTs in Asia’s financial hub.

4 Jan 2022 - 3:14PM
China gaming crackdown: freeze on new video game licences extends into 2022 as 14,000 gaming-related firms shut down

With the process for new approvals in limbo, about 14,000 small studios and video gaming-related firms in China went out of business over the past several months.

With the process for new approvals in limbo, about 14,000 small studios and video gaming-related firms in China went out of business over the past several months.

3 Jan 2022 - 10:24AM
31 Dec 2021 - 4:38PM
China 2021 tech crackdown: once seen as the golden ticket, Big Tech has shed jobs and lost its allure among the young

The change of mood in China’s tech industry due to a barrage of regulatory change is tangible and sudden after a decade of exceptional growth.

The change of mood in China’s tech industry due to a barrage of regulatory change is tangible and sudden after a decade of exceptional growth.

24 Dec 2021 - 10:00AM
China gaming crackdown: Baidu to lay off over 100 from gaming unit amid regulatory crackdown, heavy losses

Chinese online search giant Baidu is cutting at least 100 employees from its video games development unit, as the company moves to trim losses amid Beijing’s ongoing regulatory crackdown.

Chinese online search giant Baidu is cutting at least 100 employees from its video games development unit, as the company moves to trim losses amid Beijing’s ongoing regulatory crackdown.

23 Dec 2021 - 4:09PM
Hot Hong Kong NFT project Monkey Kingdom loses US$1.3 million in hack, exposing security concerns

Monkey Kingdom fraud is the latest in a series of scams seen in the space in recent months as the popularity around NFT reaches fever pitch.

Monkey Kingdom fraud is the latest in a series of scams seen in the space in recent months as the popularity around NFT reaches fever pitch.

22 Dec 2021 - 8:30PM
Death of young ‘genius’ Tencent programmer shocks China’s gaming industry

Mao Xingyun, a video game programmer and avid writer who enjoyed a wide following on the Chinese internet, died at age 30.

Mao Xingyun, a video game programmer and avid writer who enjoyed a wide following on the Chinese internet, died at age 30.

19 Dec 2021 - 10:09AM
China’s video gaming crackdown: 2021 revenue growth slows sharply amid teenage play limits and new licence suspensions

Slower growth comes after Chinese regulators implemented teenage play limits and froze new game licence approvals in August.

Slower growth comes after Chinese regulators implemented teenage play limits and froze new game licence approvals in August.

17 Dec 2021 - 8:00PM
Microsoft’s Bing told by China to suspend auto-suggest search feature for 30 days

The development comes after Microsoft recently pulled LinkedIn from China and introduced a new job search app without a social feed

The development comes after Microsoft recently pulled LinkedIn from China and introduced a new job search app without a social feed

17 Dec 2021 - 6:00PM
Chinese state television warns against blockchain-based, play-to-earn games as popularity surges

The CCTV reports said that pay-to-play blockchain games should be treated with caution, and that many are a scam, underlining Beijing’s aversion to cryptocurrency activities.

The CCTV reports said that pay-to-play blockchain games should be treated with caution, and that many are a scam, underlining Beijing’s aversion to cryptocurrency activities.

16 Dec 2021 - 7:29AM
Alibaba to test gaming potential of metaverse as Big Tech firms stampede into virtual world

Analysts say Alibaba wants to leverage its edge and cloud computing technology to establish the essential infrastructure for the metaverse.

Analysts say Alibaba wants to leverage its edge and cloud computing technology to establish the essential infrastructure for the metaverse.

14 Dec 2021 - 11:31PM
Hong Kong property tycoons, brokers snap up virtual land in metaverse as valuations soar

In Hong Kong, where housing is scarce and property is deemed the most critical of investments, the interest around digital land sales is reaching a fever pitch.

In Hong Kong, where housing is scarce and property is deemed the most critical of investments, the interest around digital land sales is reaching a fever pitch.

10 Jan 2022 - 9:27AM
Big Tech threatens open, blockchain-based metaverse, says The Sandbox founder

The Sandbox co-founder Sebastien Borget aims to build a decentralised metaverse outside the control of Big Tech as investors pour money into its NFT virtual land sales.

The Sandbox co-founder Sebastien Borget aims to build a decentralised metaverse outside the control of Big Tech as investors pour money into its NFT virtual land sales.

10 Jan 2022 - 9:36AM
SenseTime says the US has ‘a fundamental misperception’ of the company as sanctions cloud IPO

The White House has placed SenseTime on an investment blacklist over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang after the AI company cut its IPO size by more than half earlier this week.

The White House has placed SenseTime on an investment blacklist over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang after the AI company cut its IPO size by more than half earlier this week.

11 Dec 2021 - 3:50PM
China internet crackdown: Beijing orders app stores to remove Douban and 105 other apps

Douban has provided Chinese netizens with a relatively liberal forum to share unconventional opinions that sometimes contradict Beijing’s views.

Douban has provided Chinese netizens with a relatively liberal forum to share unconventional opinions that sometimes contradict Beijing’s views.

9 Dec 2021 - 7:59PM
Tencent’s new game development studio in Singapore to boost city state’s role as gaming hub

Video gaming giant Tencent has selected Singapore as the site of its fourth overseas TiMi development studio, as the Southeast Asian city state is shaping up to be a regional hub for the sector.

Video gaming giant Tencent has selected Singapore as the site of its fourth overseas TiMi development studio, as the Southeast Asian city state is shaping up to be a regional hub for the sector.

8 Dec 2021 - 11:34AM
NFT in Hong Kong: Bored Ape Yacht Club owners seek merchandise deals, art exhibitions for cartoon primates

Hong Kong buyers of Bored Apes non-fungible tokens see their investments explode in value in the span of months, but rather than cash in by selling, some owners think their NFTs could grow into something even bigger.

Hong Kong buyers of Bored Apes non-fungible tokens see their investments explode in value in the span of months, but rather than cash in by selling, some owners think their NFTs could grow into something even bigger.

5 Dec 2021 - 10:00AM
China’s video game freeze enters fifth month, as NetEase faces challenges over Harry Potter game

NetEase’s suspension of PC gaming software sent shares tumbling on Tuesday, raising fears over an extended licensing freeze in the industry.

NetEase’s suspension of PC gaming software sent shares tumbling on Tuesday, raising fears over an extended licensing freeze in the industry.

1 Dec 2021 - 5:52PM
How a Stanford couple from Taiwan created the island’s first AI unicorn after eight failed attempts

After several false starts, Stanford graduates from Taiwan have built an AI success story in the niche field of marketing technology.

After several false starts, Stanford graduates from Taiwan have built an AI success story in the niche field of marketing technology.

1 Dec 2021 - 10:25AM
China tech crackdown: Tencent’s app update suspension seen as a shot across the bows of other app developers

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has been engaged in a broad campaign to ensure compliance with China’s new data laws.

Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has been engaged in a broad campaign to ensure compliance with China’s new data laws.

25 Nov 2021 - 10:51PM
Metaverse and NFT gain traction in China despite Beijing’s wariness, as media firm 36kr issues ‘digital collectibles’

The limited-quantity digital collectibles, issued jointly with Tencent Holdings, cannot be sold or traded, a move designed to skirt Beijing’s regulatory scrutiny.

The limited-quantity digital collectibles, issued jointly with Tencent Holdings, cannot be sold or traded, a move designed to skirt Beijing’s regulatory scrutiny.

10 Jan 2022 - 9:38AM
China’s video gaming control to get as strict as regulation of films and TV shows, game publisher founder says

In an interview with the Post, CMGE vice-chairman Hendrick Sin says China aims to carefully regulate video games as they are a channel for expressing ideology.

In an interview with the Post, CMGE vice-chairman Hendrick Sin says China aims to carefully regulate video games as they are a channel for expressing ideology.

25 Nov 2021 - 11:17AM
China suspends Tencent from updating existing apps or launching new apps: report

It is not known how long the suspension will last and the Chinese ministry has not published any information about the ban.

It is not known how long the suspension will last and the Chinese ministry has not published any information about the ban.

25 Nov 2021 - 5:52AM
US-based Roblox, Epic Games’ setbacks in China point to a splintered metaverse

Metaverse, seen by some people as the next iteration of the internet, could look very different in China than the rest of the world, said analysts.

Metaverse, seen by some people as the next iteration of the internet, could look very different in China than the rest of the world, said analysts.

24 Nov 2021 - 1:53AM
The Post and NBA Top Shot series creator launch their 1997 Series NFT trading cards marking the most notable news events of Hong Kong’s history

SCMP first announced its ARTIFACT project in July, joining other media organizations around the world that see NFT as part of the future for the digital publishing industry.

SCMP first announced its ARTIFACT project in July, joining other media organizations around the world that see NFT as part of the future for the digital publishing industry.

23 Nov 2021 - 6:06PM
Huawei starts to sell used smartphones, license handset designs amid its struggle with US trade sanctions

Selling reconditioned devices and licensing handset designs reflect Huawei’s bid to expand revenue sources, while working to stay relevant in the global smartphone market.

Selling reconditioned devices and licensing handset designs reflect Huawei’s bid to expand revenue sources, while working to stay relevant in the global smartphone market.

22 Nov 2021 - 11:20PM
League of Legends creator beats Squid Game on Netflix with game-based animated series

Tencent-owned Riot Games wants to expand into other forms of entertainment for gamers, and the success of its first TV series on Netflix is a big step in that direction, the CEO tells the Post.

Tencent-owned Riot Games wants to expand into other forms of entertainment for gamers, and the success of its first TV series on Netflix is a big step in that direction, the CEO tells the Post.

21 Nov 2021 - 4:27PM