China is famous for their gaming market whether it be on mobile, consoles, or PC. But is China secretly blocking new games to release in their country?
A report from Bloomberg confirms the fact and that China has frozen approval of game licenses. This, according to the report is due to the fact that the Chinese government is in a major shake-up at the moment.
An anonymous person said that there were a restructuring of power among departments and also concerns about violence and gambling in some games. According to this same person, the most market that got hit is mobile and consoles.
The latest report of Tencent’s quarterly financial report confirms it. Based on the report, the total number of revenue has decreased by 19%. The freeze also prevents some of its games, including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, from being approved for monetization.
The CEO of Tencent even quoted this during a conference call:
“It’s not a matter of whether these games will be approved for monetization, but a matter of when.”
Previously, releasing a game in China did not look that long. It’s usually a couple months. The publishers were required to have each game vetted and officially approved for release in the country by the government.
Game developers were also enforced to clarify that their games do not violate the Chinese socialist value from the government. PUBG was one of the games that were heavily inflicted by this rule. In fact, it had to adjust the game accordingly.
As of now, there is no word on how long this whole mess will take. But whatever the case may be. We hope that this issue can be fully cleared so that games can continue to run in China.