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#1 compl3x

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:27

China’s long-standing ban on video game consoles is coming to an end.

 

The China Daily is reporting that two Chinese government officials have confirmed earlier reports that an end to the ban was being considered.

 

This may not be a massive windfall for video game console manufacturers for a variety of reasons, but there’s no doubt that the world’s most populous nation represents a real opportunity for growth for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft and their respective consoles.

 

If console makers and game publishers can capitalize on the free-to-play model—something typically associated with PC and mobile gaming—the potential for growth in Asia, and especially in China, could be enormous.

 

Of course, shifting gears from a pay-to-play model to a freemium model isn’t going to be easy and it isn’t going to happen over night. Still, with the Xbox One and PS4 both embracing more diverse revenue models, the Chinese market is certainly within reach, more so now than ever before.

 

The ban isn’t being revoked entirely, of course. Manufactuerers will need to sign on to China’s new Shanghai free trade zone.

 

Still, something is better than nothing, even if penetrating the Chinese video game market—where free-to-play and piracy rein supreme—proves to be a puzzle in and of itself.

 

(Hat-tip ZDNet.)

 

 

Welcome to the party, Chinese gamers.




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Posted 24 July 2013 - 05:37

wow, means now can buy original non-modified consoles, for twice the price of the current ones that are modified to play any cd?

just wow... anybody checked taobao? been selling consoles for years :)



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Posted 24 July 2013 - 09:06

I see your location is in China, what are the penalties for owning banned consoles? Fines? Confiscated? Jail? Re-education?

 

 

.... The last one was a joke, btw.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:42

who cares if they are banned. It is important that cheap



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:47

I am sure console makers absolutely care that their product is banned. China is a massive market, forbidding the sale of their product hurts their profits.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:49

I am sure console makers absolutely care that their product is banned. China is a massive market, forbidding the sale of their product hurts their profits.

 

It doesn't hurt their profit if they are not even considering it as a market. They are just losing out on the Chinese customers.



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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:51

Perhaps  I should have said "potential profits". :)

 

Either way, they do care.



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:24

for China do not care how much money they are selling. They produce such quantities that they are worthwhile. Just go to any Chinese auctions and see the funny money for selling products.



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 12:41

:s



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Posted 27 July 2013 - 13:10

I see your location is in China, what are the penalties for owning banned consoles? Fines? Confiscated? Jail? Re-education?

 

 

.... The last one was a joke, btw.

 

absolute nothing... 



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Posted 28 July 2013 - 09:02

I see your location is in China, what are the penalties for owning banned consoles? Fines? Confiscated? Jail? Re-education?

 

 

.... The last one was a joke, btw.

 

Surely there is no





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