Chinese gamers were not able to play video games on a console since 2000 as these were banned in the country. All types of gaming consoles including PS3, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii were not there since that time. However, the public was able to play the games on computer whether online or offline and to play the games on smartphones and other devices.
The government banned all forms of gaming consoles in the country to protect the mental and physical development of the children.
According to the recent reports of Reuters citing official China Daily newspaper, China is now planning to lift the ban on the gaming consoles. In the November of last year, the country issued quality certification for the Sony PS3 showing some form of interest in the gaming consoles.
“We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market,” the China Daily quoted an unnamed source from the Ministry of Culture as saying.
“However, since the ban was issued by seven ministries more than a decade ago, we will need approval from all parties to lift it.”
However, an official in Chinese cultural market denied the country’s plan lifting the ban.
“The ministry is not considering lifting the ban,” the official, who identified himself only as Bai, told Reuters.
Whether the country will lift the ban or not but the news helped some companies as the shares of major manufacturers such as Sony Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd rose.