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

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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