Chinese authorities have imposed a ban on the registration of new video games. They attributed this to the fight against gambling addiction among young people. How long the ban will last is unknown.
Chinese regulators have temporarily suspended registrations for new online games in the country, according to the South China Morning Post. Reporters note that the authorities will strike at the Chinese game makers Tencent Holdings and NetEase. However, the government explained that these measures are forced – so they want to fight gambling addiction among young people.
The new rules on video games came after a regulatory meeting led by the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda department and the National Press Office (NPPA). Together with representatives of Tencent and NetEase, they discussed the application of the new restrictions, especially for minors.
However, even before the meeting, the licensing process for new games had slowed down by more than a month.
An anonymous source, who knows about the details of the meeting, noted that the issuance of permits for new games will be suspended “for a while” as the priority is to “reduce the number of new games” and “reduce gambling addiction” in the country, which is the largest in the world. the video game market.
The NPPA, which is responsible for licensing video games in the country, did not release the list of approved games for August, disrupting the process – they usually do so either in the middle or at the end of the month since 2019. Typically 80 to 100 games are approved monthly. The regulator has not yet responded to a request for comment for the South China Morning Post.
In 2018, amid changes to China’s legal framework, authorities imposed a nine-month moratorium on new video game approvals, negatively affecting many small developers.