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China denies it will lift ban on video game console

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 31 Jan 2013 0:30 User comments (2)

China denies it will lift ban on video game console A Chinese Ministry of Culture official has denied the rumor that the country is looking to overturn a long standing ban on video game consoles in the nation.
Earlier in the week, a China Daily article reported that the Chinese government was reviewing the ban with the possibility of reversing it. The ban was put in place in 2000, effectively keeping Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft out of the nation of 1.3 billion citizens, officially.

In order to lift the ban, all seven ministries that originally issued it must approve the reversal. The ban was first placed to protect youths from violent and sexual games.

Of course, the gray market for consoles in China is huge, and Chinese officials have only loosely enforced the ban for the last few years. PC gaming remains huge in the nation, as does mobile gaming.

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2 user comments

131.1.2013 3:04

I think the Chinese government will not overturn a long standing ban on video game consoles in the nation.

231.1.2013 11:14

They say it is because of violent and sexual games but I think the bigger worry is potential "Spy Ware" embedded within the console hardware/software allowing US/outside access to the Chinese networks.


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