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China's game developers face challenges despite licensing restart

Authorities expected to continue strict scrutiny of content as growth slows

Boys play Tencent's "Honor of Kings" game: Software sales growth fell sharply in China this year as the government suspended approvals of new titles in March.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Chinese game companies' struggles are far from over despite Friday's jump in gaming share prices, following Beijing's move to resume approvals for new titles.

Feng Shixin, a senior official with a Chinese government watchdog, told participants at an industry conference on Friday that the first batch of approvals for games had been completed, according to an online video.

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