China Likely To Lift Gaming Console Ban

Nation has banned consoles since 2000 in effort to protect youth

Since 2000, China has banned gaming consoles with the aim of protecting the well-being of its younger citizens. However, there are signs that freeze might be thawing. While there's no definitive go-ahead from Sony or the Chinese government, specifically the necessary Ministry of Culture, the PlayStation 3 has received a certification of quality from a Chinese safety standards board.

 

The China Quality Certification Centre now has two models of PS3 "computer entertainment systems" listed as approved - a status any product must achieve before being sold to Chinese consumers.

 

"This does not mean that we have officially decided to enter Chinese market," Sony spokeswoman Mai Hora said. "We recognize that China is a promising market so we will continuously study the possibility."

 

Though consoles have been banned, China has a game industry, largely based around PC and mobile devices.

 

via Chicago Tribune

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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