Monday December 31, 2018

China Posts List of Government Approved Games

Following a total freeze on video game approvals earlier this year, Reuters reports that the Chinese government approved 80 online games over the weekend. While this is great news for the gaming industry in general, the report notes that none of the games from Tencent Holdings are on the list, despite being an industry leader of the gaming market in China.

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Unfortunately, Reuters didn't actually post a link to the list, and didn't go into details about other games. MMO Culture seems to be the only other English news site that dug a little deeper, but they didn't post a link to the list either. Fortunately, I managed to dig up the December list on the Chinese government's website. Most of the titles seem to be mobile games, and I don't see any mention of western heavy-hitters like Fortnite, PubG, or any of Activision-Blizzard's titles. The Chinese government supposedly has a long queue of games to approve, so it might be some time before PC and console games from Western companies make the list.

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