Will Mobile Gaming Empty Out China's Man-Cave Internet Cafés?

An Internet cafe in Taiyuan, China on May 25 Photograph by Imaginechina via AP Images

China’s Internet cafés have long been the definition of man caves: dimly lit rooms filled mostly with young men blinking at glowing screens, many of them fervently engaged in such multiplayer online games as World of Warcraft, discarded soda bottles and candy wrappers tossed nearby. Such patrons pay hourly for Internet access and often stay late into the night. But the rise of smartphones and mobile gaming in China may soon make Internet parlors as obsolete as phone booths.

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