×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

New Ethics Panel in China Rejects Nine of 20 Games in First Review

Chinese regulators have reviewed 20 titles via a new ethics panel, of which nine were rejected for inappropriate content, the South China Morning Post reported Monday.

The ethics panel is a sign of progress for the Chinese gaming industry, as until this panel was instituted there was a freeze on approval of new titles for public consumption in place since March of this year.

The ethics committee, which is “under the guidance of the Communist Party’s propaganda department,” according to the South China Morning Post, found that the other 11 titles of the 20 still in need of some reworking to “eliminate moral hazard” according to the government-run news source Xinhua.

The freeze on approving games came amid a number of concerns in China regarding playing video games and the effect on health. Particularly for young children, there was a public health initiative which linked use of electronic devices and damaged eyesight. China’s Ministry of Education led the effort to decrease the amount of games approved to decrease rates of myopia, or nearsightedness, in children. The Ministry of Education also wanted to further increase restrictions on playtime for minors.

The highly popular game “Honour of Kings” (known as “Arena of Valor” stateside) even instituted facial recognition software to track minors’ playtime back in October. This effort by Tencent came amid falling stocks for the conglomerate, which lost $20 billion in market value in August. The regulatory game freeze impacted Tencent greatly, as it had to offer refunds for games stalled by the process. As a result, Tencent instituted its first restructuring last month, cutting its marketing budget in an effort to curtail spending.

Since the start of this year, Tencent has lost over $100 billion in market value, the South China Morning Post notes.

Popular on Variety

More Gaming

  • Apple Arcade

    Apple Officially Launches Apple Arcade Game Subscription Service

    Apple officially cut the ribbon for its new game subscription service Thursday: Priced $4.99 per month, Apple Arcade offers unlimited access to over 100 exclusive games. Apple Arcade was released alongside iOS 13, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. Some of the titles available through the subscription package include “Lego Brawls” from Lego [...]

  • Venn co-founders

    VENN Raises $17 Million to Launch a Cheddar-like TV Network for Gaming

    Video game industry veterans Ariel Horn and Ben Kusin have raised a massive $17 million seed funding round to launch a new gaming-focused TV network called VENN. Short for Video Game Entertainment and News Network, VENN wants to mix esports with Twitch-style video game streaming and other gaming-related entertainment content when it launches in 2020. [...]

  • JoJo Siwa'The Angry Birds Movie 2'

    Nickelodeon Star JoJo Siwa Gets Her Own Dance-Tour Mobile Game (EXCLUSIVE)

    Fans of JoJo Siwa will be able to join the teen influencer’s dance squad on stage — virtually — in a new mobile game. In “JoJo Siwa — Live to Dance,” players will become part of the Nickelodon and YouTube star’s worldwide tour on her professional dance team and experience what it’s like to be [...]

  • Game Awards OrchestraThe Game Awards, Show,

    The Game Awards 2019 Sets December Date, Will Live-Stream Across 45 Platforms

    The Game Awards 2019, the fifth annual video game industry kudosfest, will be held Dec. 12 in Los Angeles and will be live-streamed for free again on more than 45 different platforms worldwide. The Game Awards is an annual celebration of video games and the people who make them, created and executive produced by Geoff [...]

  • HTC Vive Cosmos

    HTC Replaces HTC Vive With New $699 Vive Comos VR Headset

    HTC is getting ready to retire the headset that was central to its expansion into the virtual reality market 3 years ago: The company announced on Thursday that its new Vive Comos headset will effectively replace the original HTC Vive, which was first released in April of 2016. “It was time to upgrade our consumer [...]

  • Sohu logo

    China's Sohu Seeks Games Consolidation With $500 Million Bid for Changyou

    Sohu, one of China’s Internet pioneers, is offering to buy out its games subsidiary Changyou in a deal that values Changyou at $532 million. Both companies currently have their shares listed on NASDAQ, but if the deal goes ahead Changyou would lose its separate stock listing. Sohu, which has interests covering search, digital advertising and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content