ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintSite TitleTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
Technology

Tencent and Qualcomm team for real-time, multiplayer 5G games

Companies sign memorandum for cooperation despite trade war

Boys play the game "Honour of Kings" by Tencent at shopping mall in China. The company's gaming business has faced regulatory headwinds.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese internet group Tencent Holdings will work with U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm to develop video games tapping 5G technology, the companies said Tuesday, in a partnership that cuts across trade war lines.

The two companies will work together on mobile gaming devices and other projects. The devices will run on Qualcomm's widely used Snapdragon processors.

Tencent, one of the world's biggest video game companies, aims to boost the performance of its content by working with a top U.S. developer of mobile chips.

Qualcomm, for its part, likely sees games as a way to solidify its presence in the key market of China as global demand for smartphones wanes.

The memorandum of understanding signed on Tuesday also covers cooperation with Qualcomm in cloud-based gaming, virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as applying 5G networks to games.

"With 30 years of innovation under our belt, we're ushering in a new age of gaming," Frank Meng, chairman of Qualcomm China, said in a statement. "Mobile gaming, an important 5G use case, will soon take advantage of the next generation of connectivity. Faster speeds, more bandwidth, and cutting edge ultra-low latency will support real-time, multiplayer and immersive gaming experience."

The announcement comes a week after Tencent said it would work with the company behind the Pokemon franchise to develop games based on the fictional creatures.

Tencent's video game business suffered last year as China's approval process for new titles stalled. The group, whose WeChat app boasts more than 1 billion users, also spans digital payments, streaming music, cloud computing and other services.

Tencent Senior Vice President Steve Ma said the company hopes the Qualcomm partnership will use "our respective technologies and R&D expertise to further innovate the game industry, thereby bringing better game quality and interactive experience to users."

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
the most dynamic market in the world.

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Get Unlimited access

You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

This is your last free article this month

Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
dynamic market in the world
.

Get trusted insights from experts
within Asia itself.

Try 3 months for $9

Offer ends April 30th

Your trial period has expired

You need a subscription to...

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers and subscribe

Your full access to the Nikkei Asian Review has expired

You need a subscription to:

  • Read all stories with unlimited access
  • Use our mobile and tablet apps
See all offers
NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media