Zheping Huang

Recent and archived articles by Zheping Huang

13 Nov 2018 | 1:34 PM

Marvel creator Stan Lee’s last superhero is based on Chinese pop star G.E.M.

Jewel is a world-touring pop star by day and a superhero in disguise by night

31 Oct 2018 | 12:30 PM

Bitcoin turns 10: how everything started with Satoshi Nakamoto’s 9-page white paper

It has been a long journey from a mysterious inventor’s concept to a US$200 billion economy

Bitcoin mining has evolved from a bedroom activity to mass-scale production. — SCMP
3 Oct 2018 | 8:00 PM

How China’s crackdown helped Binance become the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange

Binance founder Zhao Changpeng is playing a game of regulatory arbitrage to grow the world’s No 1 cryptocurrency exchange wherever it is welcome.

While the Chinese government is ratcheting up its adoption of blockchain, the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies, Beijing has made clear it does not want people in the country to get involved with cryptocurrency trades amid concerns of financial chaos. — SCMP
1 Oct 2018 | 6:35 PM

Tencent employs facial recognition to detect minors in top-grossing mobile game ‘Honour of Kings’

Tencent’s stricter controls over underage gamers come amid Beijing’s call to protect children’s health, with the government blaming the country’s widespread myopia on the playing of video games.

Tencent’s Honour of Kings will be the first to test the facial recognition technology, with some 1,000 new users in Beijing and Shenzhen selected to verify their identities through camera checks, the company said. — Reuters
12 Sep 2018 | 4:00 PM

China’s games industry at a turning point amid regulatory crackdown

Chinese authorities stopped approving new games starting at the end of March and the hiatus is expected to last for another four to six months.

Regulators have also vowed to cap the number of new game releases and limit the time children spend on games. — SCMP
5 Sep 2018 | 3:30 PM

Gaming addiction under spotlight in China as regulators tighten control on industry

China’s top state media has warned against videogame addiction, as regulators vowed to restrict the approval of new games amid concerns over children’s health.

Game addiction will not only make minors neglect their studies, but also mislead them with wrong world views that could “bury hidden dangers in the society”, according to the Xinhua commentary. — SCMP
29 Aug 2018 | 6:00 PM

China's ban on cryptocurrency promotional events now extends beyond Beijing

The Guangzhou Development District, which was established in the 1980s as one of China’s first special economic zones, issued a notice that banned the hosting of events promoting cryptocurrencies.

The moves – both restricted to the districts in question – are the latest examples of China’s intensifying crackdown on cryptocurrencies. — SCMP
28 Aug 2018 | 6:00 PM

Chinese internet giants shut cryptocurrency forums and transactions amid government clampdown

Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent block cryptocurrency-related activities on their platforms amid Beijing’s intensifying crackdown on digital money

China began its cryptocurrency clampdown last September with bans on domestic exchanges and initial coin offerings (ICOs), a controversial crowd fundraising method involving cryptocurrencies. — SCMP
20 Aug 2018 | 12:19 PM

At China’s biggest gaming convention, the showgirl culture isn’t going to die so easily

Showgirls are still a major appeal at gaming conventions, where firms like Tencent and NetEase deploy an army of young women to entertain the mainly male attendees

13 Aug 2018 | 4:00 PM

'Monster Hunter: World', Tencent pulls top selling game days after launch

Chinese gaming giant Tencent Holdings has pulled one of the world’s hottest video games from its WeGame platform less than a week after launch in the latest case of Beijing’s tightened controls over online content.

The latest instalment in the series from Japan’s Capcom, sold over eight million copies on PS4 and Xbox One in just five months, making it one of the most popular games this year. — SCMP