China May Lift Ban On Video Game ConsolesChris Urie |
For the first time, in a long time, China is considering reversing its ban on foreign video game consoles. While this may be news for people to celebrate, it does come with some caveats.
For a long time now, about 13 years, China has imposed a ban on foreign video game consoles. According to the South China Morning Post, the government is considering lifting that ban within the new free-trade zone that has recently been set up in Shanghai. As it stands though, this new console market doesn't come without some considerable paperwork.
Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft will have to register to be able to sell their gaming wares within the free-trade zone. After registering, the companies may also be able to promote and sell their gaming wares on the mainland. But, everything must be approved by the Ministry of Culture. According to the SCMP, the government wants to make sure that the games are not too violent or politically sensitive for children.
One of the reasons behind lifting the console ban is to open up the Chinese economy to the rest of the world. The country is on the fast track to becoming one of the most dominant in the world and expanding their economic horizons is just another way for the country to grow and prosper.
At the same time, it will bring a great hobby to a whole new nation of people who might enjoy the feel of a controller in their hands.