Last June, we reported that longstanding Bytedance app Jinri Toutiao had launched “Jinri Games,” its version of WeChat mini-games, or lightweight games which run on WeChat’s platform.

Within Toutiao’s selection of in-app mini-programs—another adaptation of a WeChat innovation—Android users could for the first time choose from a variety of casual games.

Since then, mini-games have become available in Bytedance’s humor app Pipixia and most recently, Douyin. The additions allow independent gamemakers to adapt or develop 10-megabyte programs for each platform.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.

Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com