The commerce that is Chinese

by on June 23, 2017 at 12:51 am in Current Affairs, Economics, Sports, Travel | Permalink

As organized, multiplayer video game competitions — also known as esports, or electronic sports — continue to gain recognition in China, entertainment giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. has accelerated its esports expansion with the unveiling of a new five-year plan.

The plan, which involves setting up esports leagues, tournaments and associations, nurturing players and constructing esports-themed industrial parks, was published by Tencent E-Sports, a subsidiary established in early December.

Tencent is the world’s largest mobile gaming company by revenue, according to research firm Newzoo. With the new plan, it aims to create a 100-billion-yuan esports industry in China within five years, the company announced on Friday at a press conference.

The plan was based on Tencent’s expectations that China is set to become the world’s largest esports market. Tencent predicted there will be 220 million esports players in China and 335 million globally by the end of this year.

Here is the story.  And:

The number of Chinese “red tourists” who visit Russia to retrace a shared communist history has been soaring in recent years, contributing to the wave of Chinese visitors to Russia that has grown with the help of closer bilateral relations between the countries, according to industry insiders on Tuesday.

“There definitely is growing interest among Chinese tourists for Russia, especially the older generations, who are nostalgic about the history of Russia,” Zeng Qingan, general manager of Beijing Global Travel Ltd, told the Global Times.

Zeng said that since his company started tour groups to Russia nine years ago, the number of participants has increased fast, especially after the company redesigned its tour routes in 2014 to cover historical Soviet Union era sites, including the Red Square and Victory Square in Moscow, the Lenin Memorial Museum in Ulyanovsk and Moscow State University. The travel firm called it the “Red Tourism” package.

Link here.  The revolution not only will be televised, but they will make an e-sports version of it, marketed on WeChat.

1 Ray Lopez June 23, 2017 at 1:28 am

Among other things, I’ve visited and lectured at Lomonosov Moscow State University and Peking (Baidu) University. It all comes naturally for somebody as skilled as me, not to mention good looking, and a good speaker (trained as a ToastMaster).

2 Ray Lopez June 23, 2017 at 1:30 am

When will they make chess an Olympic sport? Is only muscle memory recognized as sport?

3 Some guy June 23, 2017 at 10:00 am

What did you lecture on? How to bag a girlfriend half your age?

4 Thiago Ribeiro June 23, 2017 at 10:48 am

President Temer is a professional lecturer (Law) and his wife is younger than half his age and he sired a son.

5 JWatts June 23, 2017 at 11:26 am

So, you are saying “Ray Lopez” is actually President Michel Temer? Wow, mind blown.

6 JWatts June 23, 2017 at 11:27 am

He’s been substituting the word Philippines for Brazil in these posts for years? It all seems so obvious in retrospect.

7 Thiago Ribeiro June 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

No, the point is, President Temer woukd be able to teach much about a successful like. He is from Arab stock an was born in a very por family (when he was a boy, he wanted to be a painisr, but he coukdn’t afford the classes) and he overxome prejudice and poverty to become a multimillionaire (thanks to his legal talent), a respected poet-legal theorist-professor, three times House Speaker, twice Vice President. At the little free time his business and political activies allowed him, he married a woman younger than half his age and, a few hears ago, fathered her son, who helped him to choose the logo of his administration.

8 nul June 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm

@TR, try again, this time in Portuguese.

9 Thiago Ribeiro June 23, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Não, a questão é que o Presidente Temer poderia ensinar muito sobre uma vida de sucesso. Ele nasceu em uma família de origem árabe, muito pobre (quando criança, queria ser um pianista, mas não podia pagar pelas aulas). Ele superou a pobreza e o preconceito e, por causa de seu talento legal tornou-se um multimilionário, um respeitado poeta e teórico do Direito, um famoso professor, três vezes presidente da Câmara dos Deputados Federal e duas vezes foi eleito vice- presidente. No pouco tempo livre que sua carreira política e seus negócios lhe deixaram, casou-se com uma mukher com menos do que a metade de sua idade e deu-lhe um filho varão, que o ajudou a escolher a logomarca de seu governo.

10 msgkings June 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

Pretty short lecture:. Go to a third world country, find a prostitute half your age, pay her the going rate for exclusive access. All done.

11 prior_test2 June 23, 2017 at 1:31 am

And with a Chinese version of Won’t Get Fooled Again streaming in the background? Or would ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’ in Chinese not set the proper tone?

12 Thor June 23, 2017 at 3:45 am

That’s nothing. Corbyn’s Labour party are nostalgic about the Soviet Union too.

13 Thiago Ribeiro June 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

I hope the Chinese invade Russia again. It would teach the Russians who are their real friends and who are not – Russian welcome of President Temer was, to say the least, underwhelming

14 Ivan June 23, 2017 at 9:40 am

In Russia we say that Russia has only two friends: army and fleet. (Alexander III)

15 Thiago Ribeiro June 23, 2017 at 10:12 am

So be it. After the hordes invade Russia again, don’t beg others people to stop them for you.

16 chuck martel June 23, 2017 at 10:52 am

A re-enaction of the Katyn Forest massacre for the Chinese tourists would be educational.

17 JWatts June 23, 2017 at 11:24 am

“…but they will make an e-sports version of it,”

I’m looking around Mexico for that “+2 pickaxe of Vengeance”

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