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Are Video Games Banned in China?
Published: 2016/02/23
Channel: ADVChina
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Gaming BANNED in China for 15 years!
Published: 2017/05/05
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Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: gameranx
China Lifts Ban on Video Game Consoles! - Inside Gaming Daily
China Lifts Ban on Video Game Consoles! - Inside Gaming Daily
Published: 2015/07/27
Channel: Machinima
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Chinese teenagers.
Published: 2015/05/08
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China's Digital Detox: A Life Reboot for Internet Gaming Addicts (RT Documentary)
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: RT
Deaths in Internet cafés
Deaths in Internet cafés
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: Linus Tech Tips
The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming (Full Length)
The Celebrity Millionaires of Competitive Gaming (Full Length)
Published: 2015/03/23
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$10 Chinese 203 in 1 Portable Gaming Console #1
$10 Chinese 203 in 1 Portable Gaming Console #1
Published: 2015/08/02
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The Gaming Communities in China
The Gaming Communities in China
Published: 2010/03/31
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China's Web Junkies: Internet Addiction Documentary | Op-Docs | The New York Times
Published: 2014/01/21
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China Has Just Banned ALL New Games From Korea
China Has Just Banned ALL New Games From Korea
Published: 2017/03/12
Channel: Censored Gaming
New Gaming Console Fuze from China Looks Like A Playstation 4 Comparison Video Xbox One Controller
New Gaming Console Fuze from China Looks Like A Playstation 4 Comparison Video Xbox One Controller
Published: 2016/05/10
Channel: AcidGlow
China Trying To Ban Under 18s From Gaming At Night
China Trying To Ban Under 18s From Gaming At Night
Published: 2017/02/15
Channel: Censored Gaming
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China's mobile game industry expects extraordinary growth
Published: 2015/12/18
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Sony's PS4 Breaks Into Chinese Gaming Market
Published: 2015/03/20
Channel: Newsy Business
Cracking China
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Published: 2013/03/27
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ALL GAMES CENSORED in CHINA? - Inside Gaming Daily
ALL GAMES CENSORED in CHINA? - Inside Gaming Daily
Published: 2014/04/23
Channel: Machinima
China clamps down on Internet gaming addiction
China clamps down on Internet gaming addiction
Published: 2015/07/30
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China’s gaming industry cooperates with foreign cinema
China’s gaming industry cooperates with foreign cinema
Published: 2016/03/16
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China's Professional Video Gaming Industry Reaches 50 Billion Yuan
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: CCTV+
Online gaming grows in China - 31 Dec 09
Online gaming grows in China - 31 Dec 09
Published: 2009/12/31
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Gaming addict storms Internet cafe in China
Published: 2015/10/11
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Is China Gaming Bitcoin? | China Uncensored
Is China Gaming Bitcoin? | China Uncensored
Published: 2017/06/14
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Cracking the Chinese Video Gaming Market 1
Cracking the Chinese Video Gaming Market 1
Published: 2007/10/07
Channel: Raymond Hutchins
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A Chinese military ship has been spying on war games off the Australian coast
Published: 2017/07/22
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Gaming Addiction in China
Gaming Addiction in China
Published: 2016/09/25
Channel: Diss UK
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Published: 2016/01/09
Channel: CGTN
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Retro Gaming in China, How it is. SerpentZA Spoof pt. 1
Published: 2016/10/16
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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (Backseat Gaming)
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (Backseat Gaming)
Published: 2013/05/21
Channel: Smosh Games
Market analyst Stephanie Llamas on China
Market analyst Stephanie Llamas on China's growing gaming industry
Published: 2016/01/09
Channel: CGTN America
Amazing Gaming Arcade in China
Amazing Gaming Arcade in China
Published: 2017/05/16
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Gaming-Sucht in Korea | Galileo | ProSieben
Gaming-Sucht in Korea | Galileo | ProSieben
Published: 2016/07/16
Channel: Galileo
FACTBOX: China
FACTBOX: China's video game industry waits for consol-ation
Published: 2013/01/29
Channel: Reuters
My Gaming PC (in China)
My Gaming PC (in China)
Published: 2013/08/26
Channel: GamersToast
Gaming in China - CGF Videocast #4
Gaming in China - CGF Videocast #4
Published: 2017/05/03
Channel: Chengdu Gaming
RS-20 - A Cheap Chinese Gaming Handheld
RS-20 - A Cheap Chinese Gaming Handheld
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: Kevin Muldoon
Caught on camera: Man poops in bucket to keep playing game at Internet cafe in China - TomoNews
Caught on camera: Man poops in bucket to keep playing game at Internet cafe in China - TomoNews
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: TomoWorld
Ark Survival Evolved - China #1 Banned! Raid! [Titanshield Gaming]
Ark Survival Evolved - China #1 Banned! Raid! [Titanshield Gaming]
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: Titanshield Gaming
$10 Chinese 203 in 1 Portable Gaming Console #2
$10 Chinese 203 in 1 Portable Gaming Console #2
Published: 2015/08/02
Channel: Gadget Chicken
China: Finally! Microsoft launches Xbox One in China
China: Finally! Microsoft launches Xbox One in China
Published: 2014/09/29
Channel: Ruptly TV
Students Playing Video Games to Learn English
Students Playing Video Games to Learn English
Published: 2013/05/22
Channel: Wall Street Journal
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NEW CHINA LAKE GAMEPLAY in Black Ops 3 (NEW DLC WEAPON MAX-GL)
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: HollowPoiint
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Britain's gaming industry finds opportunities and partners in China
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: CGTN
Cracking the Chinese Video Gaming Market 4
Cracking the Chinese Video Gaming Market 4
Published: 2007/10/07
Channel: Raymond Hutchins
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Glory China 1 vs. Glory China 2(Semi finals)- The first ClashCon 2015, Clash of clans
Published: 2015/10/24
Channel: Love Balloons
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HGC China - Phase 1 - Game 1 - eStar Gaming vs HotsLady
Published: 2017/04/23
Channel: Heroes Esports
Brick Game from China - Ancient Gaming Device
Brick Game from China - Ancient Gaming Device
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: MrShawnTRods
Breaking Into the Chinese Video Gaming Market - Part 2
Breaking Into the Chinese Video Gaming Market - Part 2
Published: 2007/09/05
Channel: Raymond Hutchins
PS4 and Xbox One UNBANNED in China! - Inside Gaming Daily
PS4 and Xbox One UNBANNED in China! - Inside Gaming Daily
Published: 2013/09/27
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Games market of China by revenue per platform in 2015.[1]

Video gaming in China is a massive industry and pastime that includes the production, sale, import/export, and playing of video games. China is the largest and highest grossing (revenues) video game market in the world, since 2015.[2] The landscape of the topic is strongly shaped by China's average income level, rampant software piracy, and governmental measures to control game content and playing times. In 2011, China's PC game sector was worth $6 billion, the largest in the world.[3] Arcade games are also a thriving industry in China. Console games were banned from the country in 2000, but the ban was lifted in July 2015.[4]

In eSports, China has been the top country in terms of tournament winnings, possessing some of the world's best talents across video games.[5]

The Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau have unique legal and cultural environments, thus the information below does not apply in these two regions.

China has been widely known as the "Games Industry Capital of the World", with the largest market and some of the world's largest video game companies.[6]

Domestically-produced games[edit]

China has domestically produced a number of games, including the Genesis of the Century trilogy (The World of Legend, The Age, and Magical Land), Westward Journey, The Incorruptible Warrior, and Crazy Mouse. There are a large number of domestically-made massively multiplayer online role-playing game MMORPGs in China, although many generally remain unheard of outside of the country.[7][8][9]

Internet cafes[edit]

Although China's growing economy has boosted the economic prospects of most Chinese in the last couple of decades, the cost of a personal computer, video game console, or Internet connection remains prohibitive for many Chinese. The popularity of internet cafes has increased in the country as a result. Rather than purchasing their own hardware and software, users are simply charged a small fee (often by the hour) to use an Internet cafe computer which often comes preloaded with a selection of games. Chinese internet cafes often impose age limits to protect minors from what may be adult content.

Social network games[edit]

The Chinese game Happy Farm (2008) was included in Wired's list of "The 15 Most Influential Games of the Decade" at #14, for its major influence on social network games, particularly for having "inspired a dozen Facebook clones," the largest being Zynga's FarmVille.[10] A number of other games have since used similar game mechanics, such as Sunshine Farm, Happy Farmer, Happy Fishpond, Happy Pig Farm,[11][12] Farm Town, Country Story, Barn Buddy, Sunshine Ranch, and Happy Harvest, as well as parodies such as Jungle Extreme and Farm Villain.[13][14]

Arcades[edit]

Arcade games are still a thriving industry in China, where amusement arcades are widespread across the country. Its popularity in China is comparable to that of PC gaming at internet cafes. This is partly due to the country's ban on console games since the early 2000s, it has since been lifted. As a result, Chinese gamers frequently visit the arcades to play action games, particularly fighting games, and occasionally unlicensed arcade ports of popular PC or mobile games such as Angry Birds or Plants vs. Zombies. The arcades and internet cafes operate in a similar manner in China.[15]

Censorship[edit]

As with almost all mass media in the country, video games in China are subject to the policies of censorship in China.

  • Violating basic principles of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China
  • Threatening national unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity
  • Divulging state secrets
  • Threatening state security
  • Damaging national sovereignty
  • Disturbing social order
  • Infringing upon others' rights

Changes to video game ban in China[edit]

On July 2015, the ban on video game consoles within the country was lifted. According to a statement from the country's Ministry of Culture, companies like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft — among others — will now be allowed to manufacture and sell video game consoles anywhere in the country.

Game consoles were first banned in 2000 due to fears that the devices — and the 3D worlds produced by them — had a negative effect on the mental and physical development of children. In 2015, China eased those restrictions by letting game console-makers operate in an experimental 11-square-mile area in Shanghai, known as the free trade zone.

The State General Administration of Press and Publication and anti-porn and illegal publication offices have also played a role in screening games.[16]

Examples of banned games have included:

In addition to banning games completely, several games have had their content screened to remove certain imagery deemed offensive or unfavorable. Common examples include skeletons or skulls being either fleshed out or removed entirely. Cases of which can be seen in Chinese versions of popular video games such as DOTA 2 and World of Warcraft.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USA & China Battle for#1 Top Games Market". Games Sector Report 2015. Casual Games Association. 2015-02-04. 
  2. ^ "The Global Games Market Reaches $99.6 Billion in 2016, Mobile Generating 37%". newzoo.com. April 21, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Usher, William (2012-03-11). "PC Game Sales Top $18.6 Billion In 2011". Gaming Blend. Cinema Blend. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Yan, Sophia (July 27, 2015). "China eliminates all restrictions on gaming consoles". CNN. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ "China’s eSports Industry Revenue Reached $7B Last Year". China Money Network. 25 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "China Just Became the Games Industry Capital of the World". Bloomberg.com. 1 June 2017. 
  7. ^ C. Custer, 24 January 2010, Chinese Video Games in America, ChinaGeeks
  8. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. 
  9. ^ Times, Global. "China becomes gaming goliath - Global Times". www.globaltimes.cn. 
  10. ^ Kohler, Chris (December 24, 2009). "14. Happy Farm (2008)". The 15 Most Influential Games of the Decade. Wired. p. 2. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "China's growing addiction: online farming games |". Techgearx.com. 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  12. ^ Elliott Ng (2009-10-29). "China’s growing addiction: online farming games". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  13. ^ Kohler, Chris (May 19, 2010). "Farm Wars: How Facebook Games Harvest Big Bucks". Wired. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Facebook》到開心農場歡呼收割". China Times. 2009-09-01. Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2011.  (Translation)
  15. ^ Jou, Eric (March 19, 2012). "The Wonderful and Seedy World of Chinese Arcades". Kotaku. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "50 illegal electronic games banned". Xinhua. 2006-01-26. 
  17. ^ a b "Swedish video game banned for harming China's sovereignty". Xinhua. 2004-05-29. 
  18. ^ "Computer game cracked down on for discrediting China's image". Xinhua. 2004-03-19. 
  19. ^ "Battlefield 4 Now Banned in China". Tom's Hardware. 2013-12-27. 

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