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Tencent and NetEase games finally get Chinese approval

But popular titles still stuck in queue as market questions profitability of approved ones

Tencent is the world's largest video game publisher.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Tencent Holdings and NetEase, leading game developers in China, were given permission on Thursday by Beijing to sell some of their online games after months of waiting, a move cheered by the market even though it is unclear if these products will generate huge profits for either. 

Tencent’s two mobile games -- one that teaches players to make Chinese fans and another about traditional wood carving -- are among the 95 titles to be approved by Chinese regulators, according to a document published Thursday by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. The Chinese watchdog also waved through NetEase’s "War Spring and Autumn," a fantasy role-playing game based on Chinese history.

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