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#1 Andrew G.

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 15:15

China lifts 14-year-old ban on gaming consoles
By Charles Riley  @CRrileyCNN January 8, 2014: 2:06 AM ET

 

China has lifted its longtime ban on video game consoles, opening a lucrative new market for manufacturers including Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft.

 

The State Council said in a statement that it will now allow consoles to be manufactured in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, an experimental testing ground for economic reform.

 

China had implemented a blanket restriction on the manufacture and sale of consoles and games in 2000, denying gaming companies access to the world's most populous nation. Chinese officials had cited worries over violent content and the potential for moral decay in explaining the ban.

 

Nintendo shares jumped more than 10% in Tokyo, while Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) added 1%. Sony (SNE), which had unveiled a new streaming game service in Las Vegas, was flat in New York trading on Tuesday.

With the ban in place, Chinese gamers keen to try consoles were forced to rely the black market to find the latest hardware. Controversial game titles -- which are still frequently banned by the government -- were also available from underground suppliers.

 

Yet the restrictions did little to slow the proliferation of PC, online and mobile gaming in China, all of which flourished in the absence of console-based entertainment.

It's not yet clear whether manufacturers will embrace the Shanghai experiment.

 

While most video game consoles are already manufactured by contractors based in China, the new rule requires units sold domestically in China to be built in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. The requirement could force manufacturers to shift supply chains and open new facilities in order to sell in China.

 

There is also no guarantee the rule change will stick. The State Council described the repeal as "temporary" and regulators will need to approve foreign products.

Still, the rule change suggests the government is moving forward with reforms in Shanghai.

 

The city's free trade zone -- 29 square kilometers in area -- is an experiment in promoting trade, expanding foreign investment access and liberalizing the financial sector, all of which are tightly controlled and regulated now by the government.

 

China's general framework for the area includes expanded foreign access in industries that previously placed heavy restrictions on outside companies, including banking.

 

http://money.cnn.com...na-video-games/




#2 Kriz

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 15:16

Pretty huge



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 15:40

So the consoles have to made in one area of China in order to sold there? Doesn't sound fair.

Sounds like we need import tariffs on Chinese built electronic components to level the playing field.

#4 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 15:42

i honestly wonder if this is going to cause a break in the console firmware to be faster than it has in the past. I hope that we do not end up with another catastrophe for the PS3 like we did when Geohot released codes for it which essentially broke any online game for the console.



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 20:56

Yet the restrictions did little to slow the proliferation of PC, online and mobile gaming in China, all of which flourished in the absence of console-based entertainment.

 

Seems like a pretty pointless ban then, tbh.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 01:59

Even though I think it was only a media-based company, Microsoft may have always be planning on this happening and used that partnership as foothold into the industry over there?  Either way, I'm not sure how much this would help sales for the big three as China isn't exactly well known for its respect for copyright..



#7 FlintyV

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 02:05

Even though I think it was only a media-based company, Microsoft may have always be planning on this happening and used that partnership as foothold into the industry over there?  Either way, I'm not sure how much this would help sales for the big three as China isn't exactly well known for its respect for copyright..

 

Well they'll buy Microsoft products over the Japanese company's. 



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 02:15

the Chinese probably will try to reverse engineer the foreign console first, and if that was a success, they will start creating their own game consoles.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 02:46

So the consoles have to made in one area of China in order to sold there? Doesn't sound fair.

 

Yes, but Xbox One already makes the consoles in China and PS4 builds some there too already so its not too big a deal.

 

It sounds like they are trying to make the free-trade zone a separate economy zone to the rest of China (So an open economy rather than a controlled economy), I've read elsewhere that the consoles will only be sold inside the free-trade zone also.

 

BF4 has already been banned in China also due to the Shanghai Rising DLC and they limit the amount of US movies which are allowed to be screened at the cinemas in China. China just does things differently, I think China will become a major market for consoles if they continue to allow it (its only a temp things atm).





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