Chinese Now Free to Play Console Games
In 2000, the Chinese government banned the sale of console games such as Playstation and Xbox within its borders. The decision had to do with perceived negative effects on the mental health of children and young adults.
A generation of gamers has grown up in the West, several game consoles have come and gone, and now the Great Wall is letting consoles in. Companies like Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony can now produce and sell game consoles anywhere in the country.
Later on, the government allowed manufacturers to use Shanghai’s “free trade zone,” the term used to describe the more lenient economic policies of the region, to funnel systems into the country. Now this restriction, too, has been lifted, and game companies are free to sell within the bounds of the law just as any other business.
Games will still be subject to the same strict censorship laws as all other media. Another concern for manufacturers will most likely be piracy, with China’s media black market being one of the most booming in the world.
Also to consider is the fact that the Chinese, by and large, do not care about console games. They are largely a mobile and computer-based gaming culture, according to Forbes.
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