HONG KONG -- Michael Xu was spellbound. Soon after visiting relatives in China in 2017, the game developer from Toronto decided to fly halfway around the world -- again -- to learn how to build games for the Chinese app WeChat.
"WeChat is huge in China," Xu told the Nikkei Asian Review during an interview conducted through, well, WeChat. The 28-year-old Chinese Canadian was impressed by the way his relatives used the same software to do everything from paying bills and chatting with friends to ordering food. "Even my 88-year-old grandfather is a master user of WeChat," he said. "He uses it to call me and share photos and articles all the time."