China restarts video game approvals after months-long freeze

Published: December 31, 2018
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People play computer games at the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference (ChinaJoy) in Shanghai, China July 27, 2017.
PHOTO: REUTERS

People play computer games at the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference (ChinaJoy) in Shanghai, China July 27, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI: China on Saturday approved the release of 80 online video games after a freeze on such approvals for most of the year.

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However, the approved titles, listed on the website of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television, did not include games from industry leader Tencent.

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China, the world’s biggest gaming market, stopped approving new video games in March amid a regulatory overhaul triggered by growing criticism of video games for being violent and allegations that they were causing myopia as well as addiction among young users.

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