Anonymous Chinese Government Source Suggest Discussions are Underway to Remove Game Console Ban

January 28, 2013 -

Citing a government source, the 13-year-old ban of consoles in China may be coming to an end. According to sources cites by China Daily the seven Chinese government ministries that banned the sale of consoles in the country in 2000 are opening up discussions on allowing them to be sold to Chinese citizens.

"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," a source inside the Ministry of Culture told China Daily. Such a change in policy would have to be approved by the seven ministries that made the decision over a decade ago.

Speaking to Reuters, Sony Computer Entertainment spokeswoman Yoshiko Uchiyaman said that she would not comment directly on the situation, but did say that Sony was interested in the lucrative market.

"China [is] a promising market for our business, and we are always considering and preparing business opportunities and possibilities," she said.

Source: China Daily, Reuters by way of GII



Re: Anonymous Chinese Government Source Suggest Discussions ...

I hear tell piracy is rampant in China.  I wonder if the console ban did anything to exacerbated that.


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