China To Curb Foreign MMOs?

I just spotted this over on Massively: Chinese policy is set to make it easy for local developers to hamper foreign competition. The article explains:

Unfortunately for developers in the U.S., Korea, and elsewhere looking to cash in on this burgeoning market, recent regulations imposed by the Chinese government will allow domestic Chinese gaming companies to effectively postpone the release of foreign-developed games indefinitely by submitting a complaint to GAPP, China’s censorship agency. Curious that they’d run a protectionist racket on an industry that they recently likened to “spiritual opium,” but the Communist government didn’t take power in order to be a bedrock of consistency.

Also related, this post on how China’s online gaming community will pass 59 million players in 2008. I hope for their sake that the Chinese MMO developers manage to come up with something more nourishing than more Lineage clones. PC gaming: swelling up like a hungry termite colony in 2008.


  1. Meat Circus says:

    Hey, the best way to control the supply of crack is to be its main supplier. I imagine this is exactly what the CPC thinks it’s doing. It seems entirely consistent to me.

  2. Ghiest says:

    We should halt Chinese imports stating they are cheap nock offs with shoddy quality and breaking all sorts of patents and likenesses of other products in the market.

  3. apa says:

    Just stop buying Chinese products.

  4. Unbound says:

    I understand your reasoning behind wanting to boycott Chinese products, but are we doing the right thing by punishing the citizens for a government they have no control over? Should we stop buying American goods because we don’t agree with the Iraq war? I live and work in China, and the Chinese are some of the finest people I’ve ever met.

    In similar news, you may have heard about the status of “I Am Legend” in China. It was never approved for release to Chinese theaters, and it is unlikely to get released as an authorized DVD. The government apparently wants to limit foreign movie releases to promote home-grown movies. There’s other speculation about the motives, but I doubt they are true. What does this do to the movie? Well, the only way people can get it now are through piracy: downloading off the Internet, watching it on Youtube-like movie sites (with Youtube-like quality), or buying a pirated DVD. So the makers of the movie won’t see a penny from the Chinese market.

    Interestingly, the TV drama “Prison Break” is outrageously popular, even though it’s banned from China. They can’t show it on TV, but Chines girls can drool over the cast in Internet cafes.