China is banning poker games
China is banning poker games

China’s game industry doesn’t work the same as occidental gaming industry. Instead, it often passes on new regulations that we would find ludicrous and coming straight from a State that wants to be everyone’s dad.

Recent ban problems in China include’s Apple selling iPhones in the country despite prohibitions.

This week, China’s government is hasting to approve a set of rules that would ban poker and other casino games. Thus, online Casino fun in the country with the largest market for video games would be a complete no-no.

What is China trying to do with Casino games? 

Poker games to be banned in China
Poker games to be banned in China. Source: YouTube.

On April 10th, the country’s gaming authority held a conference to share a new set of guidelines. The rulebook refers to a set of requirements new games have to pass in order to become legal and become monetized.

The, on April 22, China resumed the approval process to license any games for monetization.

It means China will cap the number of games that enter the market annually. More so, some genres will no longer be accepted.

For example, China’s authorities will not approve poker games and mahjong games over concerns the genre may cause illegal gambling.

These digital forms of leisure are hugely popular for studios because they are both cheap and very, very lucrative. Video game researcher Niko Partners even shares 37 percent of 2017 approved titles in China were poker and mahjong (8,561 games).

China is banning out Casino games

The new approval process would wipe out hundreds of small game studios focusing on the gambling genre. However, it doesn’t limit players because restrictions only apply to new applicants.

Furthermore, China would stop approving games inspired by its imperial past. Such titles include “gongdou,” which means “harem scheming.”

Harem scheming games are role play titles were you, a harem-lady, must win the love of an emperor.

Chinese title Xi Fei Zhuan, a mobile harem scheming game.
Chinese title Xi Fei Zhuan, a mobile harem scheming game. Source: Superjoy Interactive Games.

Other games with images of corpses and blood are also rejected from the market, so developers are modifying blood color to circumvent the guide rules.

However, that only works for studios packing enough developing capabilities, resources, time, and people to counter the upcoming policies.

China’s gaming industry

China has consistently taken over the gaming industry over concerns about gaming addiction and consumption of illegal content by minors. Illegal content in China violence, sexual, or against the government’s ideologies.

The country also launched an Online Game Ethics Committee in December to enforce the list of requirements.

The gaming industry is currently uncertain. Pushing regulations have wiped billions of dollars in recent years. More so, China is gearing up to push even more impromptu against cloud computing, machine learning, and other financiañ technologies


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