In case you missed the Huawei P40 series announcement in China, Huawei now has a bank card of its own. And, yes, there’s also a physical card with NFC for contactless payments. Perhaps more impressively, the technology firm might also venture into the video game industry further down the line.
The latest word out of South Korea is that Huawei could be setting up a research facility in the country, and part of the staff would be engineers of American hardware giant Nvidia. The company’s GPUs power all sorts of gadgets and everyday products. Nvidia is also heavily involved in developing 5G technologies and AI.
So why is this exciting news? Well, for one, there’s the possibility that Huawei could enter the gaming market via a cloud-streaming platform similar to Google’s Stadia. Or it might be looking to make its own server-grade GPUs for enterprise customers. Another possibility is mainstream graphics for computers and mobile devices. Rumor has it that the firm has been working on an in-house graphics chip since 2012.
Huawei could enter the gaming market via a cloud-streaming platform similar to Google’s Stadia. Or it might be looking to make its own server-grade GPUs for enterprise customers. Another possibility is mainstream graphics for computers and mobile devices
Our hope is that Huawei is planning to come up with a Stadia-like subscription service for China first and then other countries, but nothing’s certain for now. If it does throw its hat into cloud gaming, Huawei will most certainly lean on its networking business as the backbone of its platform. Of course, it will also leverage its smartphones and other mobile devices to distribute the platform and ramp up its user base.
And if you’re wondering why Huawei is rumored to be getting into game streaming, keep in mind that until it sorts out its issues with the U.S. government, the company might bleed market share outside of its home country of China. That being said, it needs to find another industry to capitalize on and soften the blow on its existing revenue streams.
Last month, it was reported that Tencent had signed a deal with Huawei to set up its own online-gaming service. Tencent is the world’s biggest video game publisher and one of the most valuable tech companies worldwide. PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, and League of Legends are just a few of the popular games under its belt.
According to business consulting firm Mordor Intelligence, the global video game streaming market is expected to show an annual growth rate of 9% from 2020 to 2025. China is anticipated to have a significant market share in the market, owing to the popularity of esports in the country.
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