Zheping Huang

Zheping is a technology reporter covering cryptocurrency, blockchain and gaming for the South China Morning Post. He is a contributor to Inkstone. Previously he wrote about China for Quartz.
Zheping Huang
Zheping is a technology reporter covering cryptocurrency, blockchain and gaming for the South China Morning Post. He is a contributor to Inkstone. Previously he wrote about China for Quartz.

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How 5G will unlock the industrial internet, driving another dimension of mobile connectivity

The stakes are high for industries around the world, as global spending on the internet of things is forecast to exceed US$1 trillion in 2022, up from an estimated US$745 billion this year.

9 May 2019 - 5:25PM

The stakes are high for industries around the world, as global spending on the internet of things is forecast to exceed US$1 trillion in 2022, up from an estimated US$745 billion this year.

How 5G will unlock the industrial internet, driving another dimension of mobile connectivity
Douyu files for US IPO: How China's answer to Twitch is really not like the US game-streaming service at all

Douyu, often dubbed “China’s Twitch”, is actually quite different to the Amazon-owned game streaming service.

23 Apr 2019 - 6:00PM

Douyu, often dubbed “China’s Twitch”, is actually quite different to the Amazon-owned game streaming service.

Douyu files for US IPO: How China's answer to Twitch is really not like the US game-streaming service at all
No mahjong, corpses or back-stabbing concubines: all you need to know about China’s new video game censorship regime

China has ended its long gaming freeze but the move is not all good news with stricter content rules to apply

23 Apr 2019 - 6:36AM

China has ended its long gaming freeze but the move is not all good news with stricter content rules to apply

No mahjong, corpses or back-stabbing concubines: all you need to know about China’s new video game censorship regime
How the West may turn to China for some unlikely tips on internet regulation

As the West struggles to come to grips with internet regulation, we look at China’s censorship regime

24 Apr 2019 - 2:35PM

As the West struggles to come to grips with internet regulation, we look at China’s censorship regime

How the West may turn to China for some unlikely tips on internet regulation
Tencent launches new blockchain game merging concepts behind Pokémon Go and CryptoKitties

In the Tencent title, players can cruise around streets to catch virtual monsters, while rearing and trading cartoon kittens stored on a blockchain.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:45AM

In the Tencent title, players can cruise around streets to catch virtual monsters, while rearing and trading cartoon kittens stored on a blockchain.

Tencent launches new blockchain game merging concepts behind Pokémon Go and CryptoKitties
Alibaba’s Jack Ma defends China’s 996 schedule as tech workers protest against long working hours

Ma defends 996, saying such a schedule has helped Chinese tech giants like Alibaba and Tencent grow to become what they are today

16 Apr 2019 - 12:26PM

Ma defends 996, saying such a schedule has helped Chinese tech giants like Alibaba and Tencent grow to become what they are today

Alibaba’s Jack Ma defends China’s 996 schedule as tech workers protest against long working hours
China, home to the world’s biggest cryptocurrency mining farms, now wants to ban them completely

China’s plan to close local cryptocurrency mining facilities would potentially end the country’s dominance in the energy-hungry, yet lucrative industry

9 Apr 2019 - 10:42PM

China’s plan to close local cryptocurrency mining facilities would potentially end the country’s dominance in the energy-hungry, yet lucrative industry

China, home to the world’s biggest cryptocurrency mining farms, now wants to ban them completely
Panda TV’s demise makes way for gaming giant Tencent to dominate live streaming too

After Panda TV’s fall, game streaming in China is now dominated by internet giant Tencent, which also controls many other aspects of the country’s video games industry.

9 Apr 2019 - 7:00AM

After Panda TV’s fall, game streaming in China is now dominated by internet giant Tencent, which also controls many other aspects of the country’s video games industry.

Panda TV’s demise makes way for gaming giant Tencent to dominate live streaming too
Snapchat’s new in-app gaming platform will sound familiar to WeChat users in China

Snapchat is not the only Western app that takes a leaf out of WeChat’s playbook.

6 Apr 2019 - 6:31AM

Snapchat is not the only Western app that takes a leaf out of WeChat’s playbook.

Snapchat’s new in-app gaming platform will sound familiar to WeChat users in China
China recognises 13 new tech jobs including AI developers, e-sports players and drone pilots

It marks the first time since 2015 that authorities include new jobs into a list of nearly 19,000 official professions.

5 Apr 2019 - 9:18AM

It marks the first time since 2015 that authorities include new jobs into a list of nearly 19,000 official professions.

China recognises 13 new tech jobs including AI developers, e-sports players and drone pilots
Video game approvals may have resumed in China but poker and mahjong are out in the cold

The world’s biggest gaming market was once full of low-budget poker games

4 Apr 2019 - 3:58PM

The world’s biggest gaming market was once full of low-budget poker games

Video game approvals may have resumed in China but poker and mahjong are out in the cold
Game of Thrones video game coming to China, as regulator approves first foreign titles in more than a year

The State Administration of Press and Publications licensed 30 online games based on foreign intellectual property.

3 Apr 2019 - 6:01AM

The State Administration of Press and Publications licensed 30 online games based on foreign intellectual property.

Game of Thrones video game coming to China, as regulator approves first foreign titles in more than a year
China’s gaming freeze in 2018 hits small-time developers hard

Smaller games developers are bearing the brunt of the regulatory freeze on new games titles in China, the world’s largest gaming market

2 Apr 2019 - 10:45PM

Smaller games developers are bearing the brunt of the regulatory freeze on new games titles in China, the world’s largest gaming market

China’s gaming freeze in 2018 hits small-time developers hard
Grindr’s Chinese owner says no deal with US yet on sale, in response to potential blackmail concerns

Kunlun took full ownership of one of the world’s most popular LGBTQ social networking platforms through two deals between 2016 and 2018 worth US$245 million

1 Apr 2019 - 10:57PM

Kunlun took full ownership of one of the world’s most popular LGBTQ social networking platforms through two deals between 2016 and 2018 worth US$245 million

Grindr’s Chinese owner says no deal with US yet on sale, in response to potential blackmail concerns
How good a gamer is Razer CEO Tan Min-Liang? We challenged him and found out

Tan Min-Liang, CEO of gaming hardware maker Razer, plays Apex Legends with the South China Morning Post in the latest instalment of an occasional series on tech leaders and their passions.

1 Apr 2019 - 2:58PM

Tan Min-Liang, CEO of gaming hardware maker Razer, plays Apex Legends with the South China Morning Post in the latest instalment of an occasional series on tech leaders and their passions.

How good a gamer is Razer CEO Tan Min-Liang? We challenged him and found out
Inside the rise and fall (and rise?) of crypto mining giant Bitmain

Hope for Bitmain lies in the next bitcoin halving in May 2020, a preconfigured algorithmic event that cuts the reward for mining bitcoin in half every four years or so.

28 Mar 2019 - 2:01PM

Hope for Bitmain lies in the next bitcoin halving in May 2020, a preconfigured algorithmic event that cuts the reward for mining bitcoin in half every four years or so.

Inside the rise and fall (and rise?) of crypto mining giant Bitmain
Cryptocurrency giant Bitmain gives up on Hong Kong IPO amid lay-offs, leadership reshuffle

The world’s biggest producer of bitcoin mining rigs has struggled through mass lay-offs and a leadership reshuffle amid a prolonged bear market in cryptocurrencies.

26 Mar 2019 - 2:39PM

The world’s biggest producer of bitcoin mining rigs has struggled through mass lay-offs and a leadership reshuffle amid a prolonged bear market in cryptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrency giant Bitmain gives up on Hong Kong IPO amid lay-offs, leadership reshuffle
No sleep, no sex, no life: tech workers in China’s Silicon Valley face burnout before they reach 30

Life in China’s tech industry is not easy, with young employees and entrepreneurs battling burnout while also worrying about career ceilings and lay-offs.

5 Apr 2019 - 3:33PM

Life in China’s tech industry is not easy, with young employees and entrepreneurs battling burnout while also worrying about career ceilings and lay-offs.

No sleep, no sex, no life: tech workers in China’s Silicon Valley face burnout before they reach 30
China’s NetEase cleared to launch another battle royale clone for mobile, while Tencent waits for Fortnite

NetEase’s PUBG clone, Knives Out, was 2018’s top-grossing battle royale mobile game in China

11 Mar 2019 - 8:14PM

NetEase’s PUBG clone, Knives Out, was 2018’s top-grossing battle royale mobile game in China

China’s NetEase cleared to launch another battle royale clone for mobile, while Tencent waits for Fortnite
China’s game streaming site Panda TV confirms it will end service amid cash crisis

The once high-flying game streaming platform will end service after failing to raise fresh funds to keep operations going

8 Mar 2019 - 5:25PM

The once high-flying game streaming platform will end service after failing to raise fresh funds to keep operations going

China’s game streaming site Panda TV confirms it will end service amid cash crisis
Data leak exposes 364 million Chinese social media profiles tracked by police surveillance programme, security researcher says

Leaked data originated from six Chinese social media services including WeChat and QQ.

5 Mar 2019 - 10:22PM

Leaked data originated from six Chinese social media services including WeChat and QQ.

Data leak exposes 364 million Chinese social media profiles tracked by police surveillance programme, security researcher says
From blockbuster bonuses to pink slips: China’s tech industry nurses a hangover

NetEase, China’s second-biggest online games publisher, is one of a wave of technology companies that are laying off employees amid a slowdown in China’s economy.

4 Mar 2019 - 9:25AM

NetEase, China’s second-biggest online games publisher, is one of a wave of technology companies that are laying off employees amid a slowdown in China’s economy.

From blockbuster bonuses to pink slips: China’s tech industry nurses a hangover
Jobless man in China found to have hacked public phone booth for years, accessing free movies and games

Former mechanic in Chongqing spends several hours a night accessing free content on the internet, but the free ride may soon be over as telephone company is investigating.

1 Mar 2019 - 12:52AM

Former mechanic in Chongqing spends several hours a night accessing free content on the internet, but the free ride may soon be over as telephone company is investigating.

Jobless man in China found to have hacked public phone booth for years, accessing free movies and games
Taiwan, Tibet, Tiananmen: how to get your video game banned in China for political reasons

Here are some cautionary tales from games makers around the world that saw their titles banned in China because they touched on sensitive topics.

27 Feb 2019 - 6:54AM

Here are some cautionary tales from games makers around the world that saw their titles banned in China because they touched on sensitive topics.

Taiwan, Tibet, Tiananmen: how to get your video game banned in China for political reasons
Hit Taiwanese horror game Devotion banned in China after hidden message links Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh

Wild popularity of Taiwanese game ended abruptly after some mainland Chinese players spotted what they read as hidden insults to their president

27 Feb 2019 - 11:25AM

Wild popularity of Taiwanese game ended abruptly after some mainland Chinese players spotted what they read as hidden insults to their president

Hit Taiwanese horror game Devotion banned in China after hidden message links Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh
PUBG, Fortnite, Game of Thrones: These popular video games still need licences in China to cash in

China’s top media regulator has stopped accepting new applications for game licences as it struggles to clear a backlog of thousands of titles

25 Feb 2019 - 9:27AM

China’s top media regulator has stopped accepting new applications for game licences as it struggles to clear a backlog of thousands of titles

PUBG, Fortnite, Game of Thrones: These popular video games still need licences in China to cash in
China’s gaming regulator said to call halt on new approval submissions to clear backlog in potential blow to Tencent, NetEase

China’s top content regulator seeks to clear backlog of submissions that have piled up from previous nine-month hiatus, source says.

21 Feb 2019 - 11:37AM

China’s top content regulator seeks to clear backlog of submissions that have piled up from previous nine-month hiatus, source says.

China’s gaming regulator said to call halt on new approval submissions to clear backlog in potential blow to Tencent, NetEase
Rivalry between Chinese social media giants intensifies as ByteDance’s Douyin follows Tencent with mini game
Alibaba reportedly behind popular Chinese Communist Party app
China has a black market for cheats in hit game Apex Legends even though it has yet to be launched there