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China might allow games console sales

Playstation, Xbox and Wii could see a golden opportunity
Mon Jan 28 2013, 11:32
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THE GLORIOUS PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC of China could be about to open trade in games consoles, meaning that its happy citizens might be able to form a gaming dynasty.

A story in the People's Daily has the information on the possible trade opening, explaining that the decade long embargo is coming to an end. There we read that a government official has set off a rumour by talking about it anonymously.

"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," said the source, who claimed to work for the Ministry of Culture.

"However, since the ban was issued by seven ministries more than a decade ago, we will need approval from all parties to lift it."

So, it's not official, but it is possible and likely. There are of course games consoles already in China, but they are not legal and are black market imports.

Officially though, games consoles were bad because the Chinese government thought that they might harm young people. Perhaps they were thinking about one of those karaoke titles.

According to the report the big games console hardware firms might have sensed that a change is coming and could be already floating around in Chinese waters. µ


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