The news: On Tuesday, China approved a slew of video game titles, injecting some vigor into its tech sector.
- A government regulator approved publishing licenses for 60 online games, the most since July 2021, per South China Morning Post.
- Approved titles included miHoYo’s Keqier Frontier, Perfect World Games’ Black Cat Anecdote Society, and Hero Entertainment’s Dynasty Legends 2.
- However, titles from major game developers Tencent and NetEase were conspicuously absent from the list of approvals.
- In 2017, China approved a record-high 9,000 new games. In 2020, 1,411 games got the greenlight, and in 2021, that number dropped to 755 games.
- This year’s first round of game approvals began in April with 45 new titles, which marked the end of a nine-month approval freeze that Beijing enacted to curb gaming addiction.
- Last year, officials also restricted gaming for minors to three hours a week in addition to ongoing censorship of content deemed “electronic heroin.”
What it means: The game greenlighting indicates a partial return to normalcy for the country that leads the world in gaming revenue. Beijing’s easing of its hardline gaming stance has helped revive its languishing tech sector.