China is Officially Lifting 15-Year Ban on Consoles

As of today, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft can now manufacture video game consoles in China without having to worry about being reprimanded by the...
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    In the midst of June 2000, the Ministry of Culture issued a notice forbidding "any company or individual from producing and selling electronic game equipment and accessories to China." As of today, Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft can now manufacture video game consoles in China without having to worry about being reprimanded by the government. China's State Council announced that they are officially lifting its 15-year-old ban on the sale of gaming consoles.

    The notice was originally issued to help prevent children and youth from the perceived negative effects of playing video games. However, after the ban, a dramatic increase in people began illegally importing consoles and selling them on something called the “gray markets”. Unlike the black market, grey market traders distribute items which are totally legal, but are unauthorized by the original manufacturer (i.e. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo.)

    In early 2014, China's State Council enabled the sale and mass-production of foreign consoles. However, this agreement only allowed foreign companies to manufacture and distribute consoles within Shanghai's free trade zone. While this doesn't effect the majority of us, this is definitely big and exciting news for any gamer who resides in China.

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  1. Master
    I totally forgot that China was deprived of consoles. Congratulations China! Welcome to the club.
  2. TheRealxxHASTERxx
    It's a shame they will never know what a JTAG/RGH is and what it can do

    XDK FTW
    1. Durva
      The thing is though that the Chinese, Koreans, and Japanese are so good at games they don't need mod tools :wink:
  3. Durva
    Well there goes being great at fighting games. The Chinese will come kick our asses
      Master likes this.
  4. Skype
    Can't wait to start hearing China #1 on Xbox now. :smile:
    1. Razor sean
      LOL you mean in China Xbox One having more sales than PS4? LOL NO.
    2. Skype
      No go play games on Steam. Everyone says China #1.
  5. TheItalianLad
    great, more asians.
  6. 3xTiNcT
    Well they have a lot to catch up on...
      Master likes this.
  7. Wavy
    China: What's a console?
      Criptek Shinobi and Jeeper like this.
  8. Skype
    Can't wait for the Chinese to become tangled in gaming. :tongue:
  9. Fogel
    And here I was in America getting fat and playing video games the last 15 years
      CountryBoy268 likes this.
  10. Koolpa
    There are really smart kids in China! Now theyre all gonna become brain dead. Great move whoever lifted the ban on consoles lol! I bet they will still be strict on what games they can play.