Since 2000, China’s State Council has banned (but not necessarily enforced) the sale of foreign game consoles, such as Nintendo and Microsoft, in the mainland, but gamers throughout China can now rejoice―the government has announced its temporary lift on the ban.
The BBC details that the government is currently set to legalize foreign companies to manufacture video game consoles only in Shanghai’s exclusive, 11-square-mile free trade zone. Those companies are then allowed to sell the consoles throughout China, but only following examination and approval of the consoles by authorized state officials.
The Chinese government initially attributed its ban of legal foreign game console sales to its negative consequences on the nation’s youth. Subsequently, PC games have captured nearly 67% of the gaming market with PC café owners largely profiting from the ban.
This hasn’t stopped the onslaught of illegal console sales though, with the Telegraph noting approximately one million foreign consoles pass through the Chinese black market annually, and possibly contributing to the mental degeneration of gamers, Chinese and foreign, alike.
By Sophia Solivio