China to Re-Allow Sale of Videogame Consoles
Chinese gamers have some exciting news to look forward to in the upcoming months.
Foreign companies will soon have the ability to export videogame consoles to the country, which had placed a 13-year-old ban on these products in 2000, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Chinese officials moved to ban these consoles because they feared that excessive gaming would “harm young people.” However, with the development of a new free-trade zone in Shanghai, the country’s State Council has decided to allow companies to sell these consoles throughout China. The only stipulation is that these companies must operate their sales and production in this free-trade area.
In addition, China’s Culture Ministry must first approve each device that a company chooses to sell.
Microsoft recently announced its partnership with Chinese company BesTV to create games targeted towards families — plans that may have influenced the State Council to lift its ban on consoles.
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