DFC Intelligence and Niko Partners have announced the launch of a market research service focused on emerging markets for videogames.  The joint venture DFC-Niko Emerging Markets gathers intelligence for burgeoning game marketplaces in Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.  DFC s David Cole identified the ten countries as among the fastest growing video game markets in the world.   DFC-Niko will provide market data, modeling and forecasts for each region.  The firms said their areas of research will vary by region but generally addresses console, handheld, PC and online games, as well as provides data on retail and distribution channels, internet cafés, local developers, government regulations, and piracy issues.  Read more in the press release {link no longer active}.