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Game over? China hits developers with regulatory triple threat

License freeze, child gaming limits and compliant app stores cloud industry

Game apps developed by Chinese companies are seen on a smartphone screen. (Photo by Yusuke Hinata)

GUANGZHOU -- Chinese authorities have apparently suspended the licensing of new video games, a move that comes as the government limits gaming by children and as app stores deplatform unauthorized titles.

China normally issues licenses for new games once every month. But the last approval was granted in July, echoing a similar situation that occurred in 2018.

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