According to newly adopted regulations, game makers including Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft are no longer forbidden from manufacturing and marketing their video consoles across the country, as revealed in a recent statement from the Chinese Ministry of Culture.
China has ended it's ban on video game consoles. This could be the demographic game-chamger the industry needs.— Bob Chipman (@the_moviebob) July 26, 2015
Initially, video game consoles were barred in the People’s Republic of China in 2000 on the grounds that such games and the 3D-reality which they promote could harm children’s mental and physical health along personal development.
China has more gamers than any other nation, but has had a ban on all video game consoles since 2000.— Technology (@technofactoid) July 20, 2015
In 2014, the government approved video game producers to operate with certain restrictions solely in the Shanghai free-trade zone. However, even those eased conditions did not let console makers to market freely. They did not only have to sign contracts for creation of manufacturing facilities, but also needed to get security approvals from government officials, which meant every single game was to undergo a separate inspection.