People play online games during Shanghai’s ChinaJoy game show in 2021. Photo: VCG/VCG
People play online games during Shanghai’s ChinaJoy game show in 2021. Photo: VCG/VCG

China gaming crackdown: revenue, user base shrink for first time under harsh regulations, slowing economy

  • Total revenue generated by Chinese video gaming companies and the number of gamers in the country both fell in the first half of 2022
  • The slowdown comes after the Chinese government implemented some of the world’s toughest regulations on video gaming

People play online games during Shanghai’s ChinaJoy game show in 2021. Photo: VCG/VCG
People play online games during Shanghai’s ChinaJoy game show in 2021. Photo: VCG/VCG
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