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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?