China to End Game Console Ban

China will end its 13-year long ban on consoles, according to the South China Morning Post, now backed up by China Daily.

The Chinese government banned the production and sale of video games back in 2000, because it was concerned about their potential mental effects on children. Of course, this ban didn't prove effective, as individuals still had access to consoles via the black market. In recent years, with the rise in popularity in iOS products, Chinese gamers have had access to app store games.

Under the new policy, console manufacturers may produce their consoles only in Shanghai's free trade zone. Of course, all products will need to seek approval from the Chinese government.

Could this move perhaps inject some life into the thus so far anemic Chinese gaming scene?

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  • SchizoFrog
    The first main question will surely be 'How will the 'official' manufacturers deal with the very real prospect of the prolific copies (hardware not software) that are bound to spring up? Should both MS and Sony find a way to limit imitations then surely AMD must be wringing their hands in joy at this future prospect in revenue.
  • abbadon_34
    Thank God for Taiwan.
  • rolli59
    Big market, console manufacturers must be happy.