China: 13 Year Long Ban On Video Game Consoles May Be Lifting

Back in 2000 seven Chinese ministries unanimously agreed to ban the manufacture, sale and import of video game consoles in China. The decision was taken solely to protect the younger Chinese populace from the dangers of strenuous game hours on their mental and physical development.

After thirteen years the Chinese authorities are now reviewing their initial decision and considering the possibility of lifting the decade long ban. If so then the Chinese hardware market will once again be open to the west.

The new was leaked by a source, who wishes to remain anonymous, from the Ministry of Culture who said:

We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market.

However, since the ban was issued by seven ministries more than a decade ago, we will need approval from all parties to lift it.

Previously all the giant vendors – Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo; tried their level best to enter the Chinese market. However, all of their attempts futile in the end.