China restarts video game approvals - Mobile World Live

China restarts video game approvals

02 JAN 2019

Chinese authorities approved the first batch of online video games after concerns over addiction and myopia among children led to a nine-month moratorium on government approvals.

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television approved the release of 80 online video games, Reuters reported. None of the approved titles, however, were from Tencent, China’s largest gaming company which generates about a third of revenue from its gaming portfolio.

The internet giant’s share price tanked over the past five months and it reportedly made sharp cuts to its gaming division’s marketing budget.

Feng Shixin, deputy head of the State Administration of Press and Publications, which is under the Communist Party’s propaganda arm, said there is a large backlog of games to be reviewed so approvals will take time, South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. He made the statement at an annual gaming forum in Hainan province.

Gaming companies need government approval to sell games in the domestic market.

In early December the propaganda department set up a unit to review ethical issues in video gaming, which was seen as a signal approves would soon resume, SCMP said.

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