China starts testing games again for 8 months after release

Dec

9

2018

The Chinese state has set up a new ‘Online Games Ethics Committee’ to test new video games. Games that come out in China must fit within the ‘social moral’ of the country. No one has been approved for release in China since March.

The South China Morning Post announces the news on Friday. Of the first 20 games reviewed by the committee, 9 were rejected and the remaining 11 received requests for adjustment. Which games these are is not known.

According to the newspaper, China has since March put a stop on new games from concerns about internet addiction, myopia in children and general ‘inappropriate content’. The latter means that references to violence and sex are out of the question, as was also the case with Rainbow Six: Siege . The inspection of new games was also further delayed by government restructurings.

According to the newspaper, the video game market in the country is worth 38 billion dollars, which was both a motivator for the government to strictly regulate the sector, and a factor in why Chinese game developers and publishers do not significantly improve financially by the situation. Growth in the sector has not been so slow for ten years. According to a source from The Wall Street Journal , Chinese gaming companies have missed $ 200 million a month in sales due to this ‘drought’.

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