China Just Lifted Its 15-Year Ban On Video Game Consoles

Well, here’s a nice dose of positive news in video games: China will lift its ban on the manufacturing and sale of video game consoles and software, a policy that has been in place for the last 15 years. This means that companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will be able to sell their console hardware without the severe restrictions that had been in place previously.

China notably took steps last year to allow consoles in its country, but only certain foreign manufacturers were allowed and those that were could only do business in Shanghai’s free trade zone. Before this, Chinese citizens were limited to playing video games on PC and mobile platforms. With the ban lifted, consoles brands such as Sony’s PlayStation, Microsoft’s Xbox, and Nintendo’s Wii will be able to be sold in the country (although, analysts predict that it will be hard battle against the entrenched PC and mobile markets)

Of course, China’s strict software censorship policies probably aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Still, any amount of progress — even for something as seemingly trivial as video games — is great to see in such an oppressively restrictive country.

(Via: Yahoo)

Nick Steinberg (@Nick_Steinberg)

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