INTERNATIONAL – China’s publishing regulator on Tuesday approved the release of the third batch of video games after a freeze for most of last year, with industry-leader Tencent Holdings still absent from the list of new titles.
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television approved 93 games in its third list since December, with Tencent’s domestic rival NetEase also absent for the third time.
Neither company responded to Reuters’ requests for comment.
China is home to the world’s largest video game market, where 620 million players spent $37.9 billion (R526bn) last year mostly on mobile and PC games, showed data from gaming market researcher Newzoo.
But authorities stopped approving the release of new titles from March last year amid regulatory overhaul triggered by growing concern about violent content and game addiction, particularly among young players.