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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Tencent to shore up gaming lead in China with Call of Duty, Ring Fit Adventure

The two new titles added to Tencent’s stacked video games portfolio in China are expected to help expand domestic efforts in e-sports and console gaming.

8 Aug 2020 - 11:44AM

The two new titles added to Tencent’s stacked video games portfolio in China are expected to help expand domestic efforts in e-sports and console gaming.

Tencent to shore up gaming lead in China with Call of Duty, Ring Fit Adventure
TikTok, WeChat targeted for US ban with Trump’s latest executive orders

Unspecified ‘transactions’ with Chinese owners of the popular video and messaging services to be barred within 45 days.

8 Aug 2020 - 12:03AM

Unspecified ‘transactions’ with Chinese owners of the popular video and messaging services to be barred within 45 days.

TikTok, WeChat targeted for US ban with Trump’s latest executive orders
Huya-DouYu merger would cement gaming giant Tencent’s position in China, experts say

A Tencent-driven merger between China’s two biggest video game live-streaming platforms may help the gaming giant cement its position domestically at a time when Chinese tech companies are undergoing heavy scrutiny overseas, experts say.

7 Aug 2020 - 6:00AM

A Tencent-driven merger between China’s two biggest video game live-streaming platforms may help the gaming giant cement its position domestically at a time when Chinese tech companies are undergoing heavy scrutiny overseas, experts say.

Huya-DouYu merger would cement gaming giant Tencent’s position in China, experts say
League of Legends World Championship to be held in China for two consecutive years amid pandemic

Game developer and tournament organiser Riot Games, a subsidiary of Tencent, is partnering with local and international authorities to ensure public health safety at the event in Shanghai.

3 Aug 2020 - 6:30PM

Game developer and tournament organiser Riot Games, a subsidiary of Tencent, is partnering with local and international authorities to ensure public health safety at the event in Shanghai.

League of Legends World Championship to be held in China for two consecutive years amid pandemic
Game sales in China surge 22.3 per cent in first half of 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic

Sales of games in China surged in the first half the year as more people turned to games amid stay-home orders and social distancing measures due to Covid-19.

31 Jul 2020 - 6:15PM

Sales of games in China surged in the first half the year as more people turned to games amid stay-home orders and social distancing measures due to Covid-19.

Game sales in China surge 22.3 per cent in first half of 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic
E-commerce firm JD.com launches gaming smartphone alliance to capitalise on mobile e-sports, 5G networks

JD.com to head a new industry alliance for the gaming smartphone sector as Chinese tech companies capitalise on the emergence of mobile e-sports and coming 5G networks

31 Jul 2020 - 11:30AM

JD.com to head a new industry alliance for the gaming smartphone sector as Chinese tech companies capitalise on the emergence of mobile e-sports and coming 5G networks

E-commerce firm JD.com launches gaming smartphone alliance to capitalise on mobile e-sports, 5G networks
Further Indian ban on Chinese games like PUBG Mobile unlikely to hurt companies much, experts say

Even with another ban of Chinese apps including Tencent’s PUBG Mobile looming on the horizon, further action in India is unlikely to be a major threat to most Chinese gaming companies, experts say.

30 Jul 2020 - 4:33PM

Even with another ban of Chinese apps including Tencent’s PUBG Mobile looming on the horizon, further action in India is unlikely to be a major threat to most Chinese gaming companies, experts say.

Further Indian ban on Chinese games like PUBG Mobile unlikely to hurt companies much, experts say
ChinaJoy mega gaming event will go ahead, with face masks appearing alongside cosplay in 2020

Visitors will have to wear masks, scan their faces and assigned health codes before accessing the venue this year.

24 Jul 2020 - 9:28AM

Visitors will have to wear masks, scan their faces and assigned health codes before accessing the venue this year.

ChinaJoy mega gaming event will go ahead, with face masks appearing alongside cosplay in 2020
Chinese tech company setbacks in India create opportunities for US firms, say experts

India’s restrictions on Chinese tech, following a recent border clash in the Himalayas, have created opportunities for US firms to fill the void

21 Jul 2020 - 5:03PM

India’s restrictions on Chinese tech, following a recent border clash in the Himalayas, have created opportunities for US firms to fill the void

Chinese tech company setbacks in India create opportunities for US firms, say experts
JD.com joins Tencent to bring the world of e-commerce to China’s biggest e-sports league

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has signed a partnership with Tencent’s King Pro League (KPL) to bring the benefits of e-commerce to the hit game Honor of Kings

17 Jul 2020 - 4:04PM

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has signed a partnership with Tencent’s King Pro League (KPL) to bring the benefits of e-commerce to the hit game Honor of Kings

JD.com joins Tencent to bring the world of e-commerce to China’s biggest e-sports league
China's gaming sector rebounds after regulatory hit, with over 100 new game-related companies founded each day this year

China’s gaming industry has seen a proliferation of new game-related companies in the first half of the year after many companies went under due to stricter regulation in 2018 and 2019.

15 Jul 2020 - 10:44PM

China’s gaming industry has seen a proliferation of new game-related companies in the first half of the year after many companies went under due to stricter regulation in 2018 and 2019.

China's gaming sector rebounds after regulatory hit, with over 100 new game-related companies founded each day this year
Apple leaves foreign developers scrambling as unlicensed games removed from China App Store

A total of 2,394 games had been removed by Apple from its China App Store on July 4, after more than a thousand each day were taken down from July 1.

14 Jul 2020 - 6:00AM

A total of 2,394 games had been removed by Apple from its China App Store on July 4, after more than a thousand each day were taken down from July 1.

Apple leaves foreign developers scrambling as unlicensed games removed from China App Store
Hongkongers, spooked by Beijing’s new national security law, are scrubbing their digital footprints

Worried Hongkongers are using encrypted messaging apps like Signal, scrubbing their social media posts and installing VPN software to protect their privacy.

7 Jul 2020 - 9:10PM

Worried Hongkongers are using encrypted messaging apps like Signal, scrubbing their social media posts and installing VPN software to protect their privacy.

Hongkongers, spooked by Beijing’s new national security law, are scrubbing their digital footprints
Live-streaming service providers Huya, DouYu to drive cloud-based gaming expansion in China

With China’s 5G mobile network expansion on track, the broad adoption of cloud gaming services across the country could help reshape its video games industry.

3 Jul 2020 - 7:20PM

With China’s 5G mobile network expansion on track, the broad adoption of cloud gaming services across the country could help reshape its video games industry.

Live-streaming service providers Huya, DouYu to drive cloud-based gaming expansion in China
China’s cloud gaming market expected to quadruple in size by 2022 amid 5G push, report says

China’s cloud gaming market to to be worth at least 4 billion yuan (US$565 million) by 2022, according to a report by research firm CNG.

30 Jun 2020 - 10:20PM

China’s cloud gaming market to to be worth at least 4 billion yuan (US$565 million) by 2022, according to a report by research firm CNG.

China’s cloud gaming market expected to quadruple in size by 2022 amid 5G push, report says
Tencent to create mobile versions of famous Japanese games such as Street Fighter, Metal Slug

At its annual game conference on Saturday, Tencent announced new titles based on Japanese game franchises Street Fighter, Metal Slug and Dynasty Warriors, continuing its strategy of purchasing intellectual property rights to existing content to create new games.

29 Jun 2020 - 11:29PM

At its annual game conference on Saturday, Tencent announced new titles based on Japanese game franchises Street Fighter, Metal Slug and Dynasty Warriors, continuing its strategy of purchasing intellectual property rights to existing content to create new games.

Tencent to create mobile versions of famous Japanese games such as Street Fighter, Metal Slug
Pokémon Unite’s ambitious cross-platform play is Tencent’s chance to conquer console games, say analysts

Tencent’s partnership with Japan’s Pokémon Company seen as an opportunity for the Chinese tech giant to expand its leadership in mobile gaming to consoles

26 Jun 2020 - 10:14PM

Tencent’s partnership with Japan’s Pokémon Company seen as an opportunity for the Chinese tech giant to expand its leadership in mobile gaming to consoles

Pokémon Unite’s ambitious cross-platform play is Tencent’s chance to conquer console games, say analysts
Tencent’s Call of Duty: Mobile racks up 250 million downloads over nine months in challenge to PUBG

Call of Duty: Mobile reached 250 million downloads within nine months of launch, boosted by large numbers of people staying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic

24 Jun 2020 - 10:23PM

Call of Duty: Mobile reached 250 million downloads within nine months of launch, boosted by large numbers of people staying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Tencent’s Call of Duty: Mobile racks up 250 million downloads over nine months in challenge to PUBG
Tencent lands another mobile game hit as Brawl Stars rakes in US$17.5 million in first week

Tencent’s new mobile game Brawl Stars from Supercell raked in US$17.5 million with 4.8 million downloads in its first week in China

23 Jun 2020 - 6:56AM

Tencent’s new mobile game Brawl Stars from Supercell raked in US$17.5 million with 4.8 million downloads in its first week in China

Tencent lands another mobile game hit as Brawl Stars rakes in US$17.5 million in first week
ByteDance brushes off early failures with new partnerships to battle Tencent in core games market

ByteDance’s aggressive move to secure big-name gaming franchises comes after its first efforts struggled to meet expectations and failed to dent Tencent’s dominance

19 Jun 2020 - 6:30AM

ByteDance’s aggressive move to secure big-name gaming franchises comes after its first efforts struggled to meet expectations and failed to dent Tencent’s dominance

ByteDance brushes off early failures with new partnerships to battle Tencent in core games market
Tencent makes it harder for China’s minors to bypass anti-addiction game limits by using adults’ accounts

Chinese gaming giant Tencent has announced new measures it expects to help prevent minors from bypassing anti-addiction game limits by using their parents’ or other adults’ accounts.

18 Jun 2020 - 5:21PM

Chinese gaming giant Tencent has announced new measures it expects to help prevent minors from bypassing anti-addiction game limits by using their parents’ or other adults’ accounts.

Tencent makes it harder for China’s minors to bypass anti-addiction game limits by using adults’ accounts
Is Alibaba’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms: Strategy Edition its first real entrance into mobile gaming?

Alibaba’s co-founder Jack Ma once said the company would not enter the gaming industry, but it has changed its tune in recent years.

2 Jul 2020 - 12:27PM

Alibaba’s co-founder Jack Ma once said the company would not enter the gaming industry, but it has changed its tune in recent years.

Is Alibaba’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms: Strategy Edition its first real entrance into mobile gaming?
Tencent’s PUBG Mobile rakes in US$226 million in May, continuing streak as highest-grossing mobile game globally

Tencent’s PUBG Mobile and Honour of Kings topped Sensor Tower’s ranking of global mobile game revenue in May, while Three Kingdoms Strategic by Alibaba and Rise of Kingdoms by Lilith Games also made it to the top 10.

10 Jun 2020 - 9:17PM

Tencent’s PUBG Mobile and Honour of Kings topped Sensor Tower’s ranking of global mobile game revenue in May, while Three Kingdoms Strategic by Alibaba and Rise of Kingdoms by Lilith Games also made it to the top 10.

Tencent’s PUBG Mobile rakes in US$226 million in May, continuing streak as highest-grossing mobile game globally
China’s Twitch-like platforms remove gaming ads aimed at students following state media criticism

CCTV report slams Huya and Douyu for bombarding students with gaming ads while the Twitch-like platforms marketed themselves as online education portals

9 Jun 2020 - 10:54PM

CCTV report slams Huya and Douyu for bombarding students with gaming ads while the Twitch-like platforms marketed themselves as online education portals

China’s Twitch-like platforms remove gaming ads aimed at students following state media criticism
NetEase launches its first console-dedicated gaming studio in Tokyo as it steps up global expansion

The creation of Sakura Studio comes as Chinese gaming companies continue to expand overseas amid increased regulation at home.

8 Jun 2020 - 4:30PM

The creation of Sakura Studio comes as Chinese gaming companies continue to expand overseas amid increased regulation at home.

NetEase launches its first console-dedicated gaming studio in Tokyo as it steps up global expansion
TikTok owner ByteDance kills news aggregator app TopBuzz

The move to shut down TopBuzz shows how ByteDance has struggled to crack the overseas news app market as well as replicate the broad success of TikTok.

6 Jun 2020 - 7:26PM

The move to shut down TopBuzz shows how ByteDance has struggled to crack the overseas news app market as well as replicate the broad success of TikTok.

TikTok owner ByteDance kills news aggregator app TopBuzz
Huawei pact with NetEase the latest in series of partnerships to develop 5G cloud gaming

Cloud gaming’s promise to deliver sophisticated games on low cost devices has prompted Huawei to form partnerships with Chinese gaming giants such as NetEase and Tencent

4 Jun 2020 - 5:30PM

Cloud gaming’s promise to deliver sophisticated games on low cost devices has prompted Huawei to form partnerships with Chinese gaming giants such as NetEase and Tencent

Huawei pact with NetEase the latest in series of partnerships to develop 5G cloud gaming
Contact tracing – the privacy vs urgency dilemma for governments in the fight against Covid-19

How China and the US have approached contact tracing differently, with competing priorities over personal privacy and the need to tackle a health emergency effectively.

4 Jun 2020 - 7:25AM

How China and the US have approached contact tracing differently, with competing priorities over personal privacy and the need to tackle a health emergency effectively.

Contact tracing – the privacy vs urgency dilemma for governments in the fight against Covid-19
Bilibili flags popular vlogger’s content as suspect amid rise in disinformation, scams on Chinese video sites

As video streaming becomes a lucrative market in which online celebrities can earn millions of dollars from tips, disingenuous content creators and scams are increasing

3 Jun 2020 - 6:47AM

As video streaming becomes a lucrative market in which online celebrities can earn millions of dollars from tips, disingenuous content creators and scams are increasing

Bilibili flags popular vlogger’s content as suspect amid rise in disinformation, scams on Chinese video sites
Sony disables PlayStation 4 back door that allowed Chinese users to download overseas games

Sony has disabled a back door in the Chinese PlayStation 4 that allowed gamers to log onto foreign servers and download games from overseas versions of the PlayStation Store.

29 May 2020 - 10:32PM

Sony has disabled a back door in the Chinese PlayStation 4 that allowed gamers to log onto foreign servers and download games from overseas versions of the PlayStation Store.

Sony disables PlayStation 4 back door that allowed Chinese users to download overseas games