Casual Connect Asia Returns to Singapore

The Casual Games Association, an international trade organization for the video games industry, is returning to Singapore to host the third annual Casual Connect Asia on May 20 - 22, 2014. 
 
Casual Connect is a professional conference designed to support the mass market game community by bringing together the top developers, publishers, distributors, and others involved in related industries for networking opportunities and lectures created by a board of industry 
members.

Game Developers Convene in San Francisco

Game developers are convening in San Francisco for Game Connection, occuring March 17th to the 19th, at http://www.game-connection.com/gameconn/. Pearl Research and Redline China are pleased to be media partners at the event.

Tencent Invests in JD.COM

Tencent Holdings Limited (TCEHF.PK, TCEHY.PK) announced a share subscription agreement with JD.COM, INC. The company has agreed to purchase through from JD, 351,678,637 ordinary shares, representing 15% of the outstanding JD ordinary shares on a Pre-IPO basis immediately after the completion of the pre-IPO subscription. It will pay $214.66 million to JD.com.

Quipper Platform Raises $5.8 Million

Quipper, the London-based mobile learning company led by Masa Watanabe, a co-founder of Japanese mobile social gaming giant DeNA, said that it has raised £3.4m ($5.8m) funding for its cloud-based web platforms, which enable users to create educational content and monitor and assess students’ performance.

Taiwanese GameMaker GigaMedia Launches Three Kingdoms Partner

GigaMedia Limited (NASDAQ: GIGM) today released the mobile strategy card game Three Kingdoms Partner for Android devices. The game launch is the first of several initiatives planned for 2014 to expand GigaMedia's online game business with new mobile/browser games and social casino games.

59% of Chinese Consumers Shop Through Smartphones

More than half of Chinese users, or 59.4% percent shop online through their smartphones, according to the MasterCard Online Shopping Survey. The survey, which serves as a benchmark that measures consumers’ propensity to shop online, was conducted across 25 markets between November and December 2013. The report for the Asia/ Pacific region included interviews with 7010 respondents from 14 markets who were asked questions about their online shopping habits.

PS4 Hardware Sales at 6 Million

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) said that PlayStation 4 (PS4) console hardware sales has cumulatively sold through more than 6.0 million units globally as of March 2, 2014. This also includes the 370,000 units sold through in Japan since its launch on February 22.

Co-President of Sohu Steps Down

Sohu.com (NASDAQ: SOHU), a Chinese gaming, digital media, and mobile service company said that Ms. Belinda Wang, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, has resigned from the company for personal reasons, effective March 31, 2014. Wang will continue to serve as a consultant to the company for a transition period from April 1 through the end of 2014.

Mashable Receives $13 Million Funding

Tech site Mashable, said that Tribune Digital Ventures (TDV) has invested in the company’s Series A capital raise, which is now complete. In January, Mashable announced the initial close for its first capital raise of $13.3 Million led by Updata Partners.

Game Connection Show Comes to San Francisco

Pearl Research and RedlineChina are pleased to report that Game Connection America 2014 will occur, March 17-19, at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco. During the event, a jury will award 2014's “Overall Best Project” from amongst various entries - based on presentation quality, project innovation and market potential.