Date
24 November 2017
Xi Jinping's speech at the Communist Party congress received several hundred million 'claps' from Chinese mobile phone game users. Photos: Tencent
Xi Jinping's speech at the Communist Party congress received several hundred million 'claps' from Chinese mobile phone game users. Photos: Tencent

Tencent scores with mobile game on Xi speech

A mobile game that encourages people to applaud the speech that Chinese leader Xi Jinping gave at the opening session of the Communist Party congress has proved to be a huge hit in China.

The game, rolled out by Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, has garnered more than one billion “claps” as of Thursday afternoon.

A day after the 19th Party Congress kicked off with a speech by President Xi, Tencent launched a mobile phone game to enlist users in a clapping competition.

In the game, viewers are shown highlights of the marathon three-and-a-half-hour speech that Xi delivered in Beijing on Wednesday. Users then have 19 seconds to repeatedly hit an “applaud”” button superimposed on an image of the Great Hall of the People.

Gamers can try to outdo one another in terms of the number of times are able to “clap” within the set time.

According to the website What’s on Weibo, the game ‘Such a Great Speech: Applaud Xi Jinping’ notched several hundred million claps within a few hours.

One player was able to push the applause button in the game 60 times a second, almost as fast as the beats of a humming bird’s wing, as per a Bloomberg report.

The game has gone viral on social media networks including Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.

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