The battle between Tencent and Alibaba is entering a new field—credit scoring, a key infrastructure that is certain to escalate the mobile payment war between the two internet giants.

Tencent opened this week its new credit rating system to limited group users on QQ, WeChat’s older sibling. This marks a big step forward for Tencent:  Not only does this fill in a glaring gap in their product lineup, it also puts them in direct competition with Alibaba’s Sesame Credit, the dominant mobile credit score.

TechNode has reached out to Tencent to see if and when this service will come to WeChat. When we get a response we will update.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.