The National Press and Publication Administration, which is in charge of licensing video games in China, has not published a list of approved new titles since the end of July 2021. Photo: Agence France-Presse
The National Press and Publication Administration, which is in charge of licensing video games in China, has not published a list of approved new titles since the end of July 2021. Photo: Agence France-Presse

China gaming crackdown: freeze on new video game licences extends into 2022 as 14,000 gaming-related firms shut down

  • Regulators have not released a list of approved new video game titles since the end of July, marking the longest suspension since a nine-month hiatus in 2018
  • As a result, about 14,000 small studios and gaming-related firms in China went out of business over the past several months

Topic |   Video gaming
The National Press and Publication Administration, which is in charge of licensing video games in China, has not published a list of approved new titles since the end of July 2021. Photo: Agence France-Presse
The National Press and Publication Administration, which is in charge of licensing video games in China, has not published a list of approved new titles since the end of July 2021. Photo: Agence France-Presse

Corrected [10:17am, 3 Jan, 2022]

  • [10:17am, 3 Jan, 2022]

    A previous version of this story said 140,000 gaming-related firms shut down from July to December 2021 and 180,000 in 2020. The actual numbers were 14,000 and 18,000, respectively.

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