Video Game Console Ban ends in China
In the year 2000, video game consoles were first banned in China due to fear that the 3D world’s produced by them and the devices themselves created a negative effect on the mental and physical development of children. Just after approximately 15 years the ban is now to be lifted. Companies like Microsoft, Nintendo & Sony will now be able to manufacture and sell video game consoles anywhere in China. This is according to a statement made from the country’s Minister of Culture.
The restrictions of this ban eased up last year by letting the console makers operate in a place known as the free trade zone (a 11 square mile area situated in Shanghai). The ease up of those restrictions last year still proved to be difficult for the console makers as in order to get their consoles out there, they had to get contacts for building a manufacturing facility there. They also had to secure approval for console sales from regulators and every console sold had to be inspected individually.
But now that those restrictions have been lifted and they are no more, this opens up an immense new market for video game consoles. Especially given that China still has the largest population to date and if they, as a whole preferred one console to another that could improve the sales massively for that console and the company behind it.