China to restart video game approvals after months-long freeze

FILE PHOTO – People play computer games at the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference (ChinaJoy) in Shanghai, China, July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China on Saturday welcomed the release of 80 online video games after a freeze on such approvals for the majority of the year.

However, the approved titles, listed on the website of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, not games from the industry leader Tencent Holdings Ltd

China, the world’s largest gaming market, stopped the approval of new video games in March, in the midst of a statutory review triggered by the growing criticism of video games for violent and accusations that they were caused myopia as well as addiction among young users.

Reporting by Andrew Galbraith; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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