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China game block over, but new regulations are on the way

China game block over, but new regulations are on the way

The Chinese government is set to implement new regulations on the games industry in a move that could signal the end of a block on new game licences in the country.

A new regulatory body - the State Administration of Radio and Television (SART) - was formed in March to approve game releases. However, since March 28th no new licences have been granted.

The continued suspension of new releases is likely to have a huge impact on the valuation and growth of the global mobile games industry - with China its largest market.

The reason for the block on approvals was not clear, though it's been suggested the restructuring of the government body could be why. While new games have been released in China during this period, those approvals came before the current suspension.

The full story is over on PocketGamer.biz


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Craig Chapple is Senior Editor of PocketGamer.biz and InfluencerUpdate.biz. He was previously Deputy Editor at Develop and Online Editor at Nintendo of Europe.

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