China Tightens Online Game Laws & Foreign Investment Rules >
2009/10/13 12:15:00: Posted by DM
China's General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), has issued a new notice that states online games should be (read: MUST BE) pre-approved and obtain and internet publishing license before they can be released in China. This new notice also says that foreign game investors will be prohibited form investing in China-based online games as sole-owners, joint venture partners, or co-op partners. They will no longer be allowed to control or be involved in domestic gaming operations through networks for users registration, account supervision, or game card systems. Basically what this means is that any foreign money cannot make money in China with games unless they are granted several special licenses and exemptions from GAPP. This is likely an attempt to tighten the hold on the Chinese internet which, as of late, has been getting more and more out of control with all the foreign MMO games being released in China. How this will affect companies like Blizzard, who operate WoW in China, we are not sure. The law will also apply to games being exported FROM China, which means companies trying to make money abroad will have a much harder time. It is an attempt by the Chinese government to make sure China makes its own money, and it stays in China. Not necessarily a bad thing, folks. We need a bit more of that here in America.

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