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World Zero, Shanda’s Gamified Second Life

You may hear a lot about a company called Second Life and its counterparts in China, HiPiHi, UWorld etc back in 2009 when the concept of 3D Virtual World was super hot. In those virtual worlds, every user is expected to be able to use the virtual tools to build his/her own virtual world containing […]

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Mamashai – SNS for Mothers and Fathers

Found in 2009, Mamashi is a social network for mothers and fathers to talk about their experience in raising children.  Many mothers started from the day they got pregnant. “There is a nature need for parents to recording the everyday changes of their babies,” said Tracy Ji, founder and president of the Beijing startup.  Most of […]

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HiPiHi Announced Strategic Partnership With IBM

HiPiHi, China’s pioneer of the 3D virtual world, and IBM (NYSE: IBM), just announced a strategic partnership to collaboratively promote innovation in the 3D virtual world industry-another major collaboration since HiPiHi joined forces in 2007 with Intel (China) and Vidal Sassoon. According to the press release, the partnership between HiPiHi and IBM will be involved […]

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Three Chinese Virtual Worlds In Conversation

[Ed: This post is republished on KZero which provides strategic insight, research and guidance to companies wishing to maximise metaverse platform. KZero is founded by Nic Mitham. Thank you Nic.] Recently, three pioneers in Chinese virtual world industry, Hui Xu (H.X), founder of HiPiHi, Weijiang Zhan (WJ.Z), founder of NOVOKing and Peng Ye (P.Y), founder […]

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Tencent Going Global?

It seems that only recently, after a long period of low-wage production for foreign companies, the time has come: Chinese companies are becoming committed to go overseas. Companies such as Lenovo, Haier, and TCL have taken the lead in setting up brand identities overseas and others have followed. But are there any Chinese Internet brands […]

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Is HiPiHi Expanding Its Virtual World to World-Wide?

According to the posts in VirtualWorldNews and Centric Thoughts, The Chinese virtual world HiPiHi has talked to the Japan-based company Centric which now became HiPiHi’s first western development partner. Second Life was in Beijing a few weeks ago, and the resource also told me that HiPiHi would have a meeting with another potential partner from […]