Chinese Government reassessing console ban – report

Monday, 28 January 2013 10:15 GMT By Dave Cook

China’s ruling bodies are said to be reassessing the country’s blanket-ban on videogame consoles, some 13 years after the ruling was first made law.

An anonymous government source is alleged to have said that the seven ministries that imposed the ban on sale and import of game consoles across China are now evaluating the legislation.

The ministry of culture source has stated, “We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market. However, since the ban was issued by seven ministries more than a decade ago, we will need approval from all parties to lift it.”

It comes as Sony set up a base in China last year, geared towards training inductees in development practices, and as Microsoft’s Kinect has made its way into several facets of life for educational and practical applications.

Commenting on the rumour via Reuters, SCE rep Yoshiko Uchiyaman simply stated, “China [is] a promising market for our business, and we are always considering and preparing business opportunities and possibilities.”

We’ll have more on the matter as it comes.