No new games approved for Chinese release in May

No new games approved for Chinese release in May

No new games were given the thumbs up to release in China last month.

That's according to the South China Morning Post, which reports that the country's content approval agency – The National Press and Publication Administration – has not issued a list of games deemed appropriate for release in the region for May.

Until April, when 45 games were approved for release, there had been an eight-month freeze on licensing in China. There had previously been a nine-month freeze back in 2018, too.

In January, it was reported that around 14,000 Chinese games companies had gone bust in the previous six months due to a lack of approvals.

This comes as the Chinese government brings in tighter and tighter restrictions on the tech and games industries amid concerns about addiction and mental health. Last year, a state-controlled newspaper described video games as "spiritual opium" before tighter controls were introduced, stipulating how much time minors could spend playing games.

Over 200 companies in China signed a commitment to self regulate on this mental health front.

The NPPA has also introduced tighter restrictions on what content is allowed in China.

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