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Written By Jamie Resch

Considering In-House Services? Why Interactive Firms May Be A Better Option.

When your company is needing a website or app, you may think that hiring someone to work for you in-house is the best solution. Naturally, you’ll look for candidates with the most experience, with multiple completed projects on their resume.

While someone with a lot of experience might seem to be the most qualified at first glance, you’ll need to take a look at their past projects and examine the level ...

July 01, 2014
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Written By Chris Mills 慕乐文

Evolving Business in the App Age

I recently had the opportunity to attend and present at this year’s Casual Connect, an event aimed at professionals in the casual games industry. I spoke about app development and expanding the reach of a company’s app, with a particular focus on the Chinese market, and I used our story with Hitcents and Draw a Stickman Epic as a primary example.An underlying idea behind this presentation was the realization that comp...


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Written By Chris Mills 慕乐文

Mobile Game Development in the Chinese Market – Payment Systems

I have discussed in my previous blog entry about the complications of deploying a game in the Chinese marketplace here and how fragmented the market is here. In addition to the challenges involved in app discovery, a much more complicated situation arises when it comes to collecting money from your users. Across most of the mobile world payment systems are pretty simple. With an iOS App Store and Google Play your paym...


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Written By Chris Mills 慕乐文

Mobile Game Development in the Chinese Market – Fragmentation / Chinese Channels

As I discussed in previous blog entries, business in China is hard and releasing content is even harder. One of the major challenges that isn’t typically a consideration around most of the world is how to distribute your app to the end users. For example, if you are looking at the Android platform in America your primary focus is Google Play with some consideration of placing your APK on the Amazon App Store. Go...


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Written By Chris Mills 慕乐文

Mobile Game Development in the Chinese Market – Should you consider it?

As a game developer or studio you may be considering expanding your market by looking into other emerging mobile territories across the globe. As I have personally taken on the challenge of expanding the Hitcents mobile distribution channels to the Chinese market I felt it might be helpful to give some pointers for others looking to do the same thing. Below is a list of five things to consider when you’re looking to e...


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Written By Chris Mills 慕乐文

The Challenges of Starting a Business in China – Part 8 (China vs. America Payroll Taxes)

As an owner of a small business that started with three employees and grew to over 50, (and writing the back end to a payroll software program), I’ve had to learn a lot about payroll taxes throughout the process. Starting a company in China required learning a whole new set of tax policies that were very foreign to me. You often hear about tax differences between countries, but going through the process on my ow...

January 23, 2014
business / china / app development / gaming
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Written By Chris Mills 慕乐文

The Challenges of Starting a Business in China – Part 7 (Learning Chinese Characters and Enjoying Them…)

Within weeks of my arrival in China I hired a Chinese tutor to teach me the language twice a week, in hour-long classes. To select the right person I searched around, did some interviews and settled on a particular individual because he believed in teaching not only the language, but also focus some of our time on character development. There are many who disagree with doing any character work themselves because they ...

November 05, 2013
business / china / app development / gaming
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Written By Chris Mills 慕乐文

The Challenges of Starting a Business in China – Part 6 (Opening an Office)

As discussed previously, a physical office is required to receive a business license in China. Finding the perfect office to start with was an exhausting process that took weeks. The first thing we had to decide as a company was whether we want to rent an office that was ready to move in, or get space that would require some renovations and office furniture. If you’ve spent any time searching for rental office s...

September 27, 2013
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Written By Chris Mills 慕乐文

The Challenges of Starting a Business in China – Part 5 (Getting to know the Chinese Business Culture)

In the past, I have written about my experience of opening a business in China, and at this point I have learned a good deal about Chinese culture. Below I’ve outlined some different observations I’ve made during the process.

The language barrier when you’re working with people in China should not be underestimated. One thing I found out from traveling back and forth between America and China so m...

September 13, 2013
business / china / app development / gaming
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Written By Chris Mills 慕乐文

The Challenges of Starting a Business in China – Part 4 (Articles of Incorporation and Certifications)

To continue with the China saga discussed in my previous blog posts, (Blog #1, Blog #2, Blog #3) it was time for Hitcents to register with the Chinese Government. Believe it or not, this is where things got even more complicated and time consuming. The process is broken into three stages requiring three separate government agencies to be involved; the State (in our case, Kentucky), The United States State Dept., and t...

August 26, 2013
business / china / app development / gaming
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