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China's government bans the streaming of unapproved games

China's government bans the streaming of unapproved games

China's Ministry of Culture has now banned the streaming of games not approved by SAPPRFT.

Previously, any game could be streamed in the country on platforms such as Douyu and Panda.tv. This allowed indies to build a following for their game before attempting the approval process.

However, all games must now be approved by SAPPRFT. The government body implemented the approval process in July 2016, which requires all games to be pre-approved 20 business days before launch.

Cracking down

The process is known to be difficult and expensive, with the government tightly cracking down on anything it deems offensive.

This includes using English words and phrases in the game, with a developer previously suggesting his game was rejected for the inclusion of words such as "mission start" and "warning".

It's also incredibly lengthy, with some developers being told they must wait up to four months before SAPPRFT will investigate the game.

[Source: Tech in Asia]


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James Crabb Senior Business Development Director at Yeahmobi
While the Chinese market becomes more and more important for game developers it get's tougher and tougher to go it alone. It will be interesting to see how this pans out.