The mobile game “Genshin Impact” became popular, New York Times: China is changing the global video game industry

The Chinese mobile game “Genshin Impact” has become popular in recent years. The New York Times reported that in the global video game industry with an annual output value of 200 billion US dollars, “Genshin Impact” has become popular all over the world, symbolizing the rise of the Chinese game industry and challenging the dominance of the United States and Japan. status.

According to a report by The New York Times on the 18th, “Yuan Shen” was released at the end of 2020 and was developed by Shanghai-based Mihayou Company. It is the first mobile game in the Chinese game industry to become popular all over the world. Monitoring firm Sensor Tower said Genshin Impact earned $2 billion in its first year on the market, setting a mobile game record.

The report said that although Genshin Impact is a free-to-play game, it has created a lot of revenue. Its success represents that China is changing the global video game industry that has long been dominated by the United States and Japan and has an annual output value of 200 billion US dollars.

Japanese developers still dominated the market four years ago, but about one-third of Japan’s top 100 mobile games now come from China, according to research firm Niko Partners.

The report quoted Yukio Futaki, a game developer in Fukuoka, Japan, as saying, “Genshin Impact is great. In terms of technology, art and entertainment, people in the industry think ‘we are in trouble'”.

Futaki Yukio said that the biggest threat to the Japanese game industry is not China. The problem is still related to Japan’s aging, shrinking market, licensing agreements, and the company’s refusal to accept new ideas. “No Japanese company is willing to pay for our company to make the game it wants to make. Chinese companies recognize us the most, and we can retain all intellectual property rights in investment projects.”

However, according to the analysis of the report, “Yuanshin” relies on Japan’s soft power, which proves that China’s soft power is limited. For many years, the Chinese game industry has been isolated from the rest of the world. Under the strict scrutiny of the government, the lack of creative soil has made it difficult for the video game industry to produce original content that is popular all over the world. Although China has the technology, it still lacks original ideas.

Green energy installations expand again, China will build 450GW of solar and wind power in deserts

The number of renewable energy installations in China has been increasing year by year. In 2020, the number of renewable energy installations has reached 895GW, more than the sum of the European Union, the United States and Australia. According to a Reuters report, China is now planning a larger-scale solar-wind power hybrid power plant. It is expected to build a 450GW ultra-large-scale renewable energy park in the desert.

Reuters pointed out that China is preparing a series of large-scale solar and wind power projects, which will increase China’s renewable energy installations by nearly 1TW. He Lifeng, head of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, pointed out at the recent National People’s Congress that China will build history in the Gobi and desert. The largest solar and wind power plant with a capacity of 450GW.

The large hybrid plant is nearly a quarter of the way through, with about 100GW of capacity under construction.

By the end of 2021, the cumulative installed capacity of China’s solar energy capacity has reached 306GW, and the cumulative capacity of wind power has reached 328GW. As part of an energy transition and reducing carbon emissions, Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to increase the number of solar and wind power installations to 1.2TW by 2030.

On the other hand, although China needs to reduce the proportion of coal-fired power generation, it also has to use coal-fired power generation and ultra-high voltage transmission lines to stabilize intermittent renewable energy. After all, renewable energy depends on the sky. When there is no sunshine or no wind, the power grid will suddenly reduce a large amount of renewable energy power, which greatly affects the stability of power supply.

Chinese Vice-Premier Han Zheng also said that China should give full play to the “basic guarantee function of coal combustion in energy supply”. The 2022 work plan previously released by the National Development and Reform Commission also pointed out that China will continue to play the role of peak-shaving and supporting traditional energy sources such as coal and coal-fired.

Russia bans the export of more than 200 products including timber, and stops supplying grain to the EEU

In retaliation for Western sanctions, Russia on March 10 released an export ban and suspended grain exports to the former Soviet Union.

Reuters and Zero Hedge reported that the only important raw material in the list released by Russia was wood.

The Kremlin statement shows that the export ban list covers technology, telecommunications, medical equipment, automobiles, agricultural machinery, electronic equipment and more than 200 items, including railway carriages, locomotives, containers, turbines, metal and stone processing machinery, surveillance projectors, game consoles and panels. “This is a necessary measure to ensure the stability of the Russian market,” the statement said.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation announced that from March 15 to August 31, Russia will ban the export of wheat, miscellaneous wheat, rye, barley and corn to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). It will also ban sugar exports to third world countries, with certain exceptions.

Russia said it was doing this to ensure there was enough food in the country. EEU member countries include Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia itself.

It is worth noting that the British Financial Times reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he would seek “legal means” to nationalize the local factories and stores left by the multinational group when it evacuated. He also suggested that the government protect foreign investors who choose to stay in Russia.

Novak Djokovic is banned from entering Australia for the next 3 years, and he can apply for an exemption under one condition

Novak was escorted from Melbourne Airport by two government officials in black on the night of the judge’s sentencing on the 16th. The British media “BBC” reported that on the flight tracking website “FlightRadar24”, its destination was Dubai in the Middle East, and it is expected to transfer to Spain, Monaco or hometown Serbia

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Novak’s visa turmoil has come to an end, and another key question is whether the nine-time Australian Open champion will be banned from Australia for three years?

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke revoked Novak’s visa under Section 133C(3) of the Immigration Act. According to the law, he cannot obtain a visa for three years, which means he will not be able to participate in the next three Australian Opens.

However, this law also contains amnesty clauses. “BBC” quoted a TV interview with former Australian immigration officer Abul Rizvi, pointing out that if the person whose visa is revoked is in the interests of Australia’s national interests, or the interests of domestic citizens and permanent residents, there is a chance Request a visa waiver from the Australian government.

Abul Rizvi said: “Novak can also use Compassionate and Compelling to apply for a visa waiver to the Australian government, which I think he will do if he wants to play next year’s Australian Open. I guess whoever the minister is will accept it. “He thinks there will be less resistance to Novak if the outbreak in Australia eases next year.