|The State Council, China's cabinet, has altered its regulations in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, to allow foreign-invested companies to manufacture and distribute video game consoles in China. The new rule brings an end to the 13 years of forbidding the sales of such recreational machines.
The regulation clearly states that equipment and machines on sale have to go through content checks by cultural departments.
In June 2000, seven ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Culture, issued a document concerning video game consoles, starting a campaign in rectifying the domestic recreational machines market. The move was said to be aimed at preventing adolescents from becoming addicted to video games.
Media reports say the doors to the Chinese recreational machines market had been shut due to the regulation.
Over the past few years, video game console makers including Sony and Microsoft had appealed to the Chinese government to reopen the market without success.