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No mahjong, corpses or back-stabbing concubines: all you need to know about China’s new video game censorship regime

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:15 pm

Story : https://www.scmp.com/tech/gear/article/3007177/no-mahjong-corpses-or-back-stabbi





China already bans violent, sexual and politically sensitive content in just about everything from TV shows to rap songs to video games. With the aim of encouraging higher quality games, SAPP just crossed more items off its approvals list: Mahjong and imperial harem.

In the first quarter of this year, SAPP approved 795 domestic video games, none of which were from the poker and mahjong genre. That compares to 962 approved poker games, or nearly 50 per cent of the total, in the same period a year ago, according to data tracked by Niko Partners.

China’s gaming market was once full of low-budget, nearly identical card and board games, where players could use real money to gamble with – in a country where gambling is illegal. Beginning last year, Chinese police launched a wave of crackdowns on online poker platforms that allowed people to play with cash.

Imperial harem games – which let players star as noble lords or emperors in feudal China and collect wives and concubines – are also banned. The genre gained attention thanks to viral online shows about back-stabbing imperial concubines like The Story of Yanxi Palace, which debuted on streaming site iQiyi last August. But more recently state media lashed out against these shows, saying they promote unhealthy lifestyles.







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