China Weekly, July 11: esports has an Olympic-sized problem

Tencent criticized by government-backed media for luring underage gamers after launching playtime limit for children.

Tencent recently added stricter parental control for its 2017 mobile wonder Honour of Kings, aiming at limiting underage usage since it’s now the summer break in China. However, the action did not waive the company from getting bombed by People’s Daily. Due to the party-related background of People’s Daily, the criticism was considered a negative signal from the central government, causing stock value plunge for Tencent. HoK’s King Pro League is also celebrating its grand finals for the spring split. The popularity of the game among casual gamers and eSports pro has triggered discussions, both positive and negative. Riot Games Owner Tencent Imposes Online Gaming Limit for Minors Tencent Loses $14 Billion After Criticism From Chinese Media

Riot pursuing legal actions against Mobile Legends and Magic Rush maker Shanghai Mutong Technology.

As Tencent sets sail to launch HoK to the international market, Riot Games recently announced to curb IP infringements in the mobile segment. The two titles made by the same studio Shanghai Mutong, are Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Magic Rush: Heroes, both major competitors in western markets against Tencent’s Honour of Kings. Riot is suing a mobile game company for copyright infringement, and it’s definitely not hard to see why

Dissatisfaction with AliSport led to South Korea and Australia boycotting the first-ever international and officially recognized—and even Olympic qualification-related—eSports event.

Right after South Korea and Australia demonstrated their disagreement with AliSport recruiting eSports players by bypassing a national entity in their countries, Thailand decided to quit the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games for its lack of competitive athletes. The 2017 AIMAG was highly anticipated due to the game being the first Olympic equivalent game including eSports as a competition. And the results of this game will largely affect the future ranking for any country participating in it. However, the execution has shown multiple stumbles, making eSports professionals and the general public question whether it is premature to push eSports to the Olympic game level. Thai Ministry Denies National Esport Players from Competing in 2017 AIMAG Australia Is the Latest Country to Back Out of the 2017 AIMAG Esports Event