China is holding approvals on new online games, will police “wrong set of values”

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On Sept. 9, Hong Kong's media South China Morning Post reported that China's regulators are will be holding the approvals for new online games. China's regulators gathered major Chinese video game companies, including Tencent and NetEase, to notify them that they will not be approving new online games for new restrictions on video gaming for minors. Video game companies were also instructed to remove "wrong set of values" such as "worshipping money" and "gay love". China's regulators currently stopped the approval of new online games, which continued from last November to this August. The extent of the approval hold is unclear yet. The country's strict control over video games has been notorious, and there are more and more instances of prohibition, restriction, or censorship towards the industry each day. Most recently, China asked video game publishers to remove depictions of "effeminate" behavior of men from their products, saying such behavior is "abnormal" or harmful. Last month, the Chinese government also passed a ruling, forbidding individuals under 18 to game more than three hours per week , with one hour allowed on each day Friday-Sunday between 8-9 p.m. The ruling was immediately felt in China's very competitive League of Legends esports scene, where a total of 31 players were cut from their LDL (League of Legends Development League) teams.

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