China Freezes New Game Applications Again

Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by AlphaAtlas, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

    Mar 3, 2018
    Last year, China stopped approving new video games in an effort to (this is a direct translation) "protect children's eyesight," which created quite a bit of anxiety in the gaming industry. Eventually, the government started approving games again, but the pace was relatively slow, and many worried that the government wouldn't be able keep up with the sheer volume of games coming to market.

    Now, it appears that those fears have been realized. The eloquently named "State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People's Republic of China" released a new batch of approved games 5 days ago, but like the previous releases, I don't see any major titles from Tencent or western publishers in the list. I spotted a few console and PC titles, but it's largely dominated by a wave of mobile releases which, according to a report by Reuters, may be too much for the government to handle. Reuters' sources claim that the Chinese government stopped approving new games to work through their existing backlog. While investors in Chinese gaming companies will undoubtedly lose sleep over this, China is the world's largest gaming market by a considerable margin, so this freeze is also bad news for outside publishers that want to expand into the booming market. Ironically, it might also be good news for Valve, as much of their existing library is still accessible in the country

    "The regulator asked local authorities to stop submitting applications because there is too much of a backlog for it to deal with at the moment,” said one of the people, whose company was informed about the matter by its local authority. The person said the request was made to local authorities nationwide. The regulator approved 1,982 domestic and foreign online games during January-March last year before the freeze, government data showed. That came after approving 9,651 domestic and foreign online games in all of 2017. GAPP has approved 538 games since December. It is likely to approve just 2,000 to 3,000 titles in 2019, said Jefferies analyst Karen Chan in a note to clients. "Generally speaking the whole industry is frightened. There is no sign that regulators will loosen their control, said Beijing-based tech analyst Li Chengdong. "Investors are worried about the red line and risks here."
  2. katanaD

    katanaD [H]ard|Gawd

    Nov 15, 2016

    WOW.. "only" 2000-3000 games in 1 year.

    thats still a whole lot. gotta be a lot of junk titles though
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  3. Twisted Kidney

    Twisted Kidney 2[H]4U

    Mar 18, 2013
    Ahh oppression. Oppression always works out well in the long term.

    I'm starting to think that Winnie the Pooh might not be all that smart after all.
  4. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

    Oct 29, 2000
    I'm bothered by the fact that China is now the biggest market for games (and for other media)

    We've already seen it happen in films where appealing to the Chinese market has made them make decisions that make the films less good for our home markets. The same is happening in games.

    IN a way I see this barrier to entry as a good thing, as maybe, just maybe, it will make games developers design titles for western audiences first, and view China as more of an after thought and a bonus if they get in.

    An ascendant China really sucks. Now I know how the rest of the world has felt over the last 75 years getting the sloppy seconds from the U.S. that may or may not match their desires.
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  5. ZLoth

    ZLoth Gawd

    Apr 13, 2010
    As far as I can see, in the name of "protect the children", I imagine that the priority for approval would be homegrown (China) games, while the non-homegrown games will be given Duke Nukem Forever priority.

    Change my mind....
  6. vegeta535

    vegeta535 2[H]4U

    Jul 19, 2013
    We know how china is. Why do we need a news post everyday about China being China. It has nothing to do with us. It is up to their people to stand up to their oppression.
  7. TheBuzzer

    TheBuzzer HACK THE WORLD!

    Aug 15, 2005
    There may be people from china that visit this forum.

    I do not know maybe kyle can give us the user count from china?
  8. Aireoth

    Aireoth 2[H]4U

    Oct 12, 2005
    The US wasn't perfect by any stretch, but people love to complain louder than the problem really is. Now China, ugh, its waaay worse.
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  9. ZodaEX

    ZodaEX 2[H]4U

    Sep 17, 2004
    Who said anything about Hardforum news posts being a need? I think your looking too deep into what is essentially entertaining for cynical nerds to poke fun at.
  10. Aireoth

    Aireoth 2[H]4U

    Oct 12, 2005
    Go do something that can be posted as news then.
  11. HAL_404

    HAL_404 Limp Gawd

    Dec 16, 2018
    it's about something related to the video gaming industry so IMO yes, it does have to do with us ...

    "State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television of the People's Republic of China"

    wow, just imagine the bureaucracy they have there
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  12. steakman1971

    steakman1971 2[H]4U

    Nov 22, 2005
    Wonder if this is way EA was down today? I've been following their stock since they announced a terrible quarter, then Apex occurred and it jumped.
    If this is a longer time process, will this also lower demand for GPUs? NVDA was up a bit today.