After more than a decade rumors suggest Chinese console ban may go away
China Daily newspaper issued a report today that claims China is considering lifting a ban on video game consoles being sold within the country. The video game console ban has been in place since the year 2000. China originally put the ban in place to safeguard the mental and physical development of children within the country.
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According to the report, an official from the Ministry of Culture said that China was reviewing the policy and holding discussions on other ministries to possibly open the console market up. This unnamed source does state that all seven Chinese ministries would have to agree to remove the ban.
However, another official from the Ministry's cultural market department said that the ministry is not considering lifting the ban. The thought of game consoles getting into the enormous Chinese market was enough to send shares in Sony and Nintendo up in trading on the Nikkei index.