China Lifts Video Game Console Ban

Since 2000, China has banned gaming consoles with the aim of protecting the well-being of its younger citizens

Since 2000, China has banned gaming consoles with the aim of protecting the well-being of its younger citizens. In a moved that seems to have been developing as far back as fall 2012, the Chinese government announced this week that it is  temporarily lifting a ban on the sale of foreign video game consoles in the country.

 

With restrictions eased,  ‘foreign-invested enterprises’ are allowed to make gaming consoles in Shanghai's free trade zone and sell them in China after inspection by cultural departments.

 

Though consoles have been banned, China has a game industry, largely based around PC and mobile devices, with with PC gaming taking two-thirds of the $13 billion market, according the BBC.

 

via Slate

 

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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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