This follows a ruling made at the beginning of the year lifting China’s 14 year ban on foreign games consoles being sold in the country, meaning the three major parties: Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft, could now capitalise on.
The rules laid out by the Shanghai government (translated by Games in Asia) mean that now foreign companies can sell their games in China as long as they work with a local partner.
Before being sold in China, games will have to pass an approval test by Shanghai’s culture department. The test will take no longer than 20 days to be completed, and contains a number of items which will not be allowed in games. Things that will be rejected from games include:
• Gambling-related content or game features
• Anything that violates China’s constitution
• Anything that threatens China’s national unity, sovereignty, or territorial integrity.
• Anything that harms the nation’s reputation, security, or interests.
• Anything that instigates racial/ethnic hatred, or harms ethnic traditions and cultures.
• Anything that violates China’s policy on religion by promoting cults or superstitions.
• Anything that promotes or incites obscenity, drug use, violence, or gambling.
• Anything that harms public ethics or China’s culture and traditions.
• Anything that insults, slanders, or violates the rights of others.
• Other content that violates the law
Games that fail the test will be given clear reasons as to why they were rejected. This means the chances of GTA V hitting China is very unlikely.
Additional DLC for games will also be faced with going through the same approval method as the main game itself before being accepted for sale.
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