China to lift 13-year-old ban on foreign video game consoles

China to lift 13-year-old ban on foreign video game consoles
According to the China Daily, China will lift its long-standing ban on foreign video game consoles.

Earlier this year, sources claimed Chinese government officials had confirmed the end of the ban, but it did not appear to be true at the time.



Console makers Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft should be happy with the decision, as they may have a chance to break into a market with over 1.5 billion citizens.

Of course, the ban will not be completely revoked, as manufacturers will need to sign China's new Shanghai free trade zone.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Jul 2013 21:17
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  • 9 comments
  • Jemborg

    Quote:China will lift its long-standing ban on foreign video game consoles. Do they have their own official consoles?

    And why were they banned in the first place... too decadent?

    Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


    24.7.2013 00:25 #1

  • Gnawnivek

    Originally posted by Jemborg: Quote:China will lift its long-standing ban on foreign video game consoles. Do they have their own official consoles?

    And why were they banned in the first place... too decadent?
    I think at one point the Chinese government labeled video games as electronic cracks. I believe they banned the consoles to combat laziness? Hahaha. Anyhow, that was a decade ago, with the rise of internet users, there are so many Chinese playing online games the government probably can't call everyone a crackhead :-P

    Peace!

    24.7.2013 10:30 #2

  • baxter00

    Think about it. If they lift the ban on consoles, then maybe the top three will start making all of their consoles, accessories and games in China. Wouldn't that just be wonderful!!!!

    24.7.2013 14:06 #3

  • ddp

    baxter00, who says they weren't making them there during the ban.

    24.7.2013 14:57 #4

  • Gnawnivek

    ddp, hahaha, you're being harsh :-P We know what baxter00 meant.

    Peace!

    24.7.2013 15:02 #5

  • johnnypark

    super mario is not the console game?

    r4i3dscards.com

    25.7.2013 02:28 #6

  • xboxdvl2

    funny they banned video games but have a whole range of imitation nintendo,sony,microsoft systems going around for years??????

    i have the big screen tv,a ps3 and 5.1 channel surround sound.car still runs smooth and computer still works but its a bit outdated.

    25.7.2013 10:09 #7

  • Jemborg

    Originally posted by Gnawnivek: Originally posted by Jemborg: Quote:China will lift its long-standing ban on foreign video game consoles. Do they have their own official consoles?

    And why were they banned in the first place... too decadent?
    I think at one point the Chinese government labeled video games as electronic cracks. I believe they banned the consoles to combat laziness? Hahaha. Anyhow, that was a decade ago, with the rise of internet users, there are so many Chinese playing online games the government probably can't call everyone a crackhead :-P
    So too decadent then. :D


    Quote:funny they banned video games but have a whole range of imitation nintendo,sony,microsoft systems going around for years?????? Sounds about right.

    Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


    25.7.2013 23:57 #8

  • Gnawnivek

    Originally posted by xboxdvl2: funny they banned video games but have a whole range of imitation nintendo,sony,microsoft systems going around for years?????? Dude, that can be interpreted both ways... Because of the ban, people try to create copies to meet demands. Some of the imitation stuff is actually pretty good and probably inspired new products and such.

    It's easier for the Chinese government to ban the consoles to make a point than catching those imitation makers (just like hackers, you shut one down, two more will spawn).

    Peace!

    26.7.2013 10:24 #9

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