While most of China’s gaming is done in internet cafe’s sprawled around the country, consoles have been scarce in the country due to a ban on the manufacture, sale and import of game consoles enacted over a decade ago by the seven ministries.
According to an anonymous source within the Chinese government, who talked to China Daily recently, the long-standing ban is apparently under review, with a possible lift on it in the works.
“We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market,” the source from the Ministry of Culture said.
“However, since the ban was issued by seven ministries more than a decade ago, we will need approval from all parties to lift it.”
News of the possible lift on the ban has caused shares in both Nintendo and Sony to sky-rocket, with Sony’s hitting its highest since April 2012. Either way it will be interesting to see what impact it will have on the gaming industry if the ban is indeed lifted.
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