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China’s government preparing console ban lift – report

Wednesday, 10th July 2013 10:17 GMT By Dave Cook

The Chinese government is planning to lift its ban on games consoles, according to a report in a national newspaper.

According to South China Morning Post, the government’s draft policy document has the blessing of Premier Li Keqiang, and would see the ban revoked following its implementation in 2000.

However, under the plan foreign companies such as Sony will only be allowed to operate in Shanghai’s new free trade zone. The decision forms part of the Chinese government’s plan to open the country’s economy to international markets, and while the move has yet to be dated, it bodes well for game companies looking to break into China.

Thanks Kotaku.

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  1. loveaya

    Prison with high wall~

    #1 1 year ago
  2. actuallyisnotafox

    i hope this is soon, the earlier the better for companies like sony

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Digital Bamboo

    So, only in one small, wealthy part of China where people can likely afford to import them anyway?

    Perhaps in time, once they’re inevitably shipped to other cities (through legal routes or otherwise) the systems may sell…and then there’s the piracy hurdle.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if rampant piracy of the Wii & DS is one of the main reasons why Nintendo hasn’t launched the U in Korea yet.

    I really can’t see Chinese police giving a fuck about where anyone sells video game consoles.

    #3 1 year ago