Josh Ye

Hong Kong

Josh Ye

Reporter, SCMP Tech

Josh is a reporter on the SCMP Tech team. He started his career at SCMP first as a business reporter, a video producer and later a founding member of SCMP's consumer tech website Abacus. Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in English and philosophy, he's now pursuing a law degree at the University of Hong Kong. Outside of work, he's a pop culture junkie, a maniacal sports fan, a voracious reader of books and an avid video game player.

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Why China’s central bank leads antitrust drive and how this may affect Alipay, WeChat Pay

Alipay and WeChat Pay, the country’s top mobile payments providers, have been put on notice by new antitrust regulation drafted by the People’s Bank of China.

22 Jan 2021 - 11:46PM

Alipay and WeChat Pay, the country’s top mobile payments providers, have been put on notice by new antitrust regulation drafted by the People’s Bank of China.

Why China’s central bank leads antitrust drive and how this may affect Alipay, WeChat Pay
Tencent-ByteDance rivalry: Tencent Games takes up top ad spot on China’s TikTok, raising eyebrows

Move has surprised some netizens given the turf wars and legal tussles between the two tech rivals in recent years.

21 Jan 2021 - 6:00AM

Move has surprised some netizens given the turf wars and legal tussles between the two tech rivals in recent years.

Tencent-ByteDance rivalry: Tencent Games takes up top ad spot on China’s TikTok, raising eyebrows
Tencent vs Huawei: China’s gaming giants have the upper hand in fight over revenue sharing on app stores

The Huawei-Tencent revenue sharing dispute shows how game developers are gaining more power over distribution channels as players focus their attention on a small number of popular games.

17 Jan 2021 - 7:00AM

The Huawei-Tencent revenue sharing dispute shows how game developers are gaining more power over distribution channels as players focus their attention on a small number of popular games.

Tencent vs Huawei: China’s gaming giants have the upper hand in fight over revenue sharing on app stores
Trump’s latest moves against Xiaomi, China tech will have little immediate impact, experts say

The expanded blacklist from the US Department of Defense, which includes smartphone maker Xiaomi, and updated rules from the Department of Commerce, could prove damaging if more is to come, say experts.

15 Jan 2021 - 10:46PM

The expanded blacklist from the US Department of Defense, which includes smartphone maker Xiaomi, and updated rules from the Department of Commerce, could prove damaging if more is to come, say experts.

Trump’s latest moves against Xiaomi, China tech will have little immediate impact, experts say
Steam to enter China officially in 2021, raising concerns about censorship as content purge continues

Valve’s Chinese partner Perfect World will trial an official China version of Steam on January 16, but Chinese Steam users are concerned about losing access to foreign games.

14 Jan 2021 - 10:20PM

Valve’s Chinese partner Perfect World will trial an official China version of Steam on January 16, but Chinese Steam users are concerned about losing access to foreign games.

Steam to enter China officially in 2021, raising concerns about censorship as content purge continues
Chinese media and scholars react to Trump’s Twitter and Facebook ban with derision amid China’s Big Tech crackdown

Chinese pundits and academics call Trump’s social media ban a cautionary tale as the country cracks down on Big Tech.

13 Jan 2021 - 10:20PM

Chinese pundits and academics call Trump’s social media ban a cautionary tale as the country cracks down on Big Tech.

Chinese media and scholars react to Trump’s Twitter and Facebook ban with derision amid China’s Big Tech crackdown
Tencent feels heat from gaming rivals Alibaba, ByteDance and Genshin Impact maker miHoYo

Amid record growth in 2020, Tencent’s gaming empire is now under siege from big tech rivals and upstarts alike, with one of the hottest new games of the year circumventing Tencent’s ecosystem.

11 Jan 2021 - 6:30AM

Amid record growth in 2020, Tencent’s gaming empire is now under siege from big tech rivals and upstarts alike, with one of the hottest new games of the year circumventing Tencent’s ecosystem.

Tencent feels heat from gaming rivals Alibaba, ByteDance and Genshin Impact maker miHoYo
China-US tech rivalry: Beijing plans to restructure national labs, boost investment in scientific research

State-backed labs that can carry out the world’s most advanced research are an important part of China’s efforts to boost its technological capabilities, but the country has fallen short of its targets so far.

8 Jan 2021 - 11:32AM

State-backed labs that can carry out the world’s most advanced research are an important part of China’s efforts to boost its technological capabilities, but the country has fallen short of its targets so far.

China-US tech rivalry: Beijing plans to restructure national labs, boost investment in scientific research
China-US tech war: Trump’s ban on Alipay and WeChat Pay another problem for Biden to deal with

Trump’s new order banning transactions with Chinese apps including Alipay and WeChat Pay likely to have limited impact but adds to Biden administration’s workload.

6 Jan 2021 - 10:43PM

Trump’s new order banning transactions with Chinese apps including Alipay and WeChat Pay likely to have limited impact but adds to Biden administration’s workload.

China-US tech war: Trump’s ban on Alipay and WeChat Pay another problem for Biden to deal with
Before Honour of Kings became the world’s most popular game, it was a desperate experiment

After China’s Tencent failed to convince League of Legends’ creators to develop a mobile version of the PC game, it created Honour of Kings – now the most popular game in the world.

2 Jan 2021 - 10:47AM

After China’s Tencent failed to convince League of Legends’ creators to develop a mobile version of the PC game, it created Honour of Kings – now the most popular game in the world.

Before Honour of Kings became the world’s most popular game, it was a desperate experiment
Video game tycoon behind Playtika seeks US listing for second time after Beijing rejected the casino-style game maker

Playtika is going public in the US after its owner, a Chinese entrepreneur, tried for three years to get it listed in China to no avail owing to the company’s casino-themed mobile games.

31 Dec 2020 - 8:00AM

Playtika is going public in the US after its owner, a Chinese entrepreneur, tried for three years to get it listed in China to no avail owing to the company’s casino-themed mobile games.

Video game tycoon behind Playtika seeks US listing for second time after Beijing rejected the casino-style game maker
China fines Tmall, JD and Vipshop for price irregularities in Beijing’s latest swipe at e-commerce giants

Tmall, JD and Vipshop were each fined 500,000 yuan over pricing irregularities, mirroring other recent fines levied against Chinese tech companies amid a broader crackdown.

31 Dec 2020 - 2:22PM

Tmall, JD and Vipshop were each fined 500,000 yuan over pricing irregularities, mirroring other recent fines levied against Chinese tech companies amid a broader crackdown.

China fines Tmall, JD and Vipshop for price irregularities in Beijing’s latest swipe at e-commerce giants
Investigated, jailed, killed: China’s young gaming tycoons suffered in 2020, as did their companies

Three of China’s billionaire gaming executives recently faced investigation, criminal conviction and death, adding to the tumult of the country’s gaming industry.

29 Dec 2020 - 11:28PM

Three of China’s billionaire gaming executives recently faced investigation, criminal conviction and death, adding to the tumult of the country’s gaming industry.

Investigated, jailed, killed: China’s young gaming tycoons suffered in 2020, as did their companies
NetEase to shutter personal finance app Youqian in further retreat from finance-related services

NetEase is ending service for its personal financial management app Youqian in April in a continued retreat from finance-related services as the industry faces increased regulatory scrutiny in China.

29 Dec 2020 - 9:32AM

NetEase is ending service for its personal financial management app Youqian in April in a continued retreat from finance-related services as the industry faces increased regulatory scrutiny in China.

NetEase to shutter personal finance app Youqian in further retreat from finance-related services
The rise and fall of Mobike and Ofo, China’s bike-sharing twin stars

Mobike officially halted operations of the mobile app and WeChat mini programme under its own brand last week, fully merging under its parent company Meituan.

27 Dec 2020 - 10:02PM

Mobike officially halted operations of the mobile app and WeChat mini programme under its own brand last week, fully merging under its parent company Meituan.

The rise and fall of Mobike and Ofo, China’s bike-sharing twin stars
Millennial gaming billionaire of Yoozoo dies at 39 as police probe poisoning case

Lin has repeatedly said that Yoozoo, which owns the dramatisation rights for the Chinese sci-fi bestseller The Three-Body Problem, was trying its best to do the masterpiece justice.

26 Dec 2020 - 11:10PM

Lin has repeatedly said that Yoozoo, which owns the dramatisation rights for the Chinese sci-fi bestseller The Three-Body Problem, was trying its best to do the masterpiece justice.

Millennial gaming billionaire of Yoozoo dies at 39 as police probe poisoning case
Chief executive of Game of Thrones game publisher Yoozoo lands in hospital as Shanghai police probe poisoning case

Yoozoo, known as the game developer of Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming, said its founder and CEO has been hospitalised after the Shanghai police announced an investigation into a suspected poisoning case.

24 Dec 2020 - 2:50PM

Yoozoo, known as the game developer of Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming, said its founder and CEO has been hospitalised after the Shanghai police announced an investigation into a suspected poisoning case.

Chief executive of Game of Thrones game publisher Yoozoo lands in hospital as Shanghai police probe poisoning case
Eight Christmas gift ideas for tech lovers in 2020

From laptops and keyboards to video games and wireless chargers, the SCMP Tech team wraps up our top gift ideas for 2020 at any budget.

22 Dec 2020 - 3:45PM

From laptops and keyboards to video games and wireless chargers, the SCMP Tech team wraps up our top gift ideas for 2020 at any budget.

Eight Christmas gift ideas for tech lovers in 2020
Video games get age-based ratings in China under new guidelines long sought by parents and gamers upset by censorship

China’s video games watchdog has announced a new age-based rating system developed with Tencent, NetEase and 52 other organisations amid increasing gaming restrictions for minors.

17 Dec 2020 - 11:08PM

China’s video games watchdog has announced a new age-based rating system developed with Tencent, NetEase and 52 other organisations amid increasing gaming restrictions for minors.

Video games get age-based ratings in China under new guidelines long sought by parents and gamers upset by censorship
Shanghai hospital clears ethical reviews for chip brain implant treatment for depressed patients

A public hospital in Shanghai is treating depression in adult patients by using brain-computer interface (BCI) therapy

15 Dec 2020 - 5:45PM

A public hospital in Shanghai is treating depression in adult patients by using brain-computer interface (BCI) therapy

Shanghai hospital clears ethical reviews for chip brain implant treatment for depressed patients
ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming tries Genshin Impact but wonders if his employees spend too much time on it

In a screenshot widely shared online, Zhang Yiming asks if his workers are spending too much time discussing Genshin Impact during working hours as the company seeks to expand in gaming.

11 Dec 2020 - 7:00AM

In a screenshot widely shared online, Zhang Yiming asks if his workers are spending too much time discussing Genshin Impact during working hours as the company seeks to expand in gaming.

ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming tries Genshin Impact but wonders if his employees spend too much time on it
Game boosters helping gamers jump China’s Great Firewall anger players overseas as Beijing turns a blind eye

The limited launch of League of Legends: Wild Rift caused a surge of interest in game boosters, leading to friction between Chinese and overseas gamers.

7 Dec 2020 - 8:37AM

The limited launch of League of Legends: Wild Rift caused a surge of interest in game boosters, leading to friction between Chinese and overseas gamers.

Game boosters helping gamers jump China’s Great Firewall anger players overseas as Beijing turns a blind eye
US gaming platform Roblox licensed for release in China, as company plans to go public

Gaming unicorn Roblox and its Chinese partner Tencent have secured licences to launch the Roblox gaming platform on both mobile and PC.

3 Dec 2020 - 10:29PM

Gaming unicorn Roblox and its Chinese partner Tencent have secured licences to launch the Roblox gaming platform on both mobile and PC.

US gaming platform Roblox licensed for release in China, as company plans to go public
Genshin Impact wins best game accolade from Apple and Google, extending China’s winning streak

Genshin Impact’s success follows on from wins for PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile – developed by Tencent – in recent years.

3 Dec 2020 - 12:11PM

Genshin Impact’s success follows on from wins for PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile – developed by Tencent – in recent years.

Genshin Impact wins best game accolade from Apple and Google, extending China’s winning streak
Microsoft said to launch Xbox Series X game console in China next year after getting certified

The stakes are high for Microsoft’s new flagship console to attract avid gamers in China, following high demand in the market for Sony’s PlayStation 5.

26 Nov 2020 - 12:19PM

The stakes are high for Microsoft’s new flagship console to attract avid gamers in China, following high demand in the market for Sony’s PlayStation 5.

Microsoft said to launch Xbox Series X game console in China next year after getting certified
NetEase CEO says Genshin Impact, Apple moves will pressure Chinese app stores to cut fees

After Genshin Impact’s direct download success and Apple’s decision to cut developer fees, Chinese app stores are under pressure to follow suit

24 Nov 2020 - 4:00PM

After Genshin Impact’s direct download success and Apple’s decision to cut developer fees, Chinese app stores are under pressure to follow suit

NetEase CEO says Genshin Impact, Apple moves will pressure Chinese app stores to cut fees
TikTok maker ByteDance launches a new casual game store and indie publisher to take on Tencent and NetEase

ByteDance launches mobile game store Danjuan Games and indie publisher Pixmain as it focuses less on mid-core gaming following setbacks in challenges to Tencent and NetEase.

24 Nov 2020 - 6:15AM

ByteDance launches mobile game store Danjuan Games and indie publisher Pixmain as it focuses less on mid-core gaming following setbacks in challenges to Tencent and NetEase.

TikTok maker ByteDance launches a new casual game store and indie publisher to take on Tencent and NetEase
Sony PlayStation 5 goes on sale in Hong Kong, but most gamers need to pay double to get one

Sony’s PlayStation 5 finally went on sale in Hong Kong on November 19, 2020. Gamers who pre-ordered a console were able to pick it up, but those who weren't able to pre-order will have to wait until Sony gets stock for walk-in sales, or pay twice the price to get a console on the resale market at local game stores.

19 Nov 2020 - 10:40PM

Sony’s PlayStation 5 finally went on sale in Hong Kong on November 19, 2020. Gamers who pre-ordered a console were able to pick it up, but those who weren't able to pre-order will have to wait until Sony gets stock for walk-in sales, or pay twice the price to get a console on the resale market at local game stores.

Sony PlayStation 5 goes on sale in Hong Kong, but most gamers need to pay double to get one
Sony PS5 sells for twice its retail price in Hong Kong on launch day, with inflated prices expected until Christmas

With PlayStation 5 stock low because of upended supply chains and high demand, resellers in Hong Kong are selling the next-generation console for more than US$1,000.

19 Nov 2020 - 11:07PM

With PlayStation 5 stock low because of upended supply chains and high demand, resellers in Hong Kong are selling the next-generation console for more than US$1,000.

Sony PS5 sells for twice its retail price in Hong Kong on launch day, with inflated prices expected until Christmas
Muddy Waters calls Chinese social media company Joyy ‘multi-billion dollar fraud’ right after Baidu deal

Muddy Waters’ claim that up to 90 per cent of YY Live’s live-streaming revenue is fraudulent triggered a sell off in shares of listed Chinese social media company Joyy

20 Nov 2020 - 12:33PM

Muddy Waters’ claim that up to 90 per cent of YY Live’s live-streaming revenue is fraudulent triggered a sell off in shares of listed Chinese social media company Joyy

Muddy Waters calls Chinese social media company Joyy ‘multi-billion dollar fraud’ right after Baidu deal