Children play the video games on TVs at a shopping centre in Chengdu, in China's southwestern Sichuan province, on October 30, 2006. The Chinese government has long had an uncomfortable relationship with video games, and it ramped up restrictions for minors again this year. Photo: AFP
Children play the video games on TVs at a shopping centre in Chengdu, in China's southwestern Sichuan province, on October 30, 2006. The Chinese government has long had an uncomfortable relationship with video games, and it ramped up restrictions for minors again this year. Photo: AFP

Explainer |
China vs video games: why Beijing stopped short of a gaming ban, keeping Tencent and NetEase growing amid crackdown

  • Since a deadly internet cafe arson incident in the early 2000s, video games have been regarded as yet another “spiritual opium” imported from the West
  • Despite console bans, censorship, and continued restrictions for minors, China’s video game industry has become enormously successful and influential

Topic |   Video gaming
Children play the video games on TVs at a shopping centre in Chengdu, in China's southwestern Sichuan province, on October 30, 2006. The Chinese government has long had an uncomfortable relationship with video games, and it ramped up restrictions for minors again this year. Photo: AFP
Children play the video games on TVs at a shopping centre in Chengdu, in China's southwestern Sichuan province, on October 30, 2006. The Chinese government has long had an uncomfortable relationship with video games, and it ramped up restrictions for minors again this year. Photo: AFP
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