South China Morning Post

  • Regulators have not released a list of approved new video game titles since the end of July, marking the longest suspension since a nine-month hiatus in 2018
  • As a result, about 14,000 small studios and gaming-related firms in China went out of business over the past several months

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  1. shinichi Post author

    China gaming crackdown: freeze on new video game licences extends into 2022 as 14,000 gaming-related firms shut down

    by Josh Ye

    South China Morning Post

    China’s freeze on new video game licences is extending into 2022, dashing hopes that the process might resume by year-end, which has led many small gaming-related firms to close their operations and prompted the industry’s biggest publisher to pursue expansion overseas.

    The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), which is in charge of licensing video games in China, has not published a list of approved new titles since the end of July. This marks the country’s longest suspension of new game licences since a nine-month hiatus in 2018 that followed a regulatory reshuffling.

    As a result, thousands of small studios and video gaming-related firms – including those involved in merchandising, advertising and publishing – went out of business over the past several months.

    About 14,000 of these enterprises have been deregistered since July, according to a report on Friday by state-run newspaper Securities Daily, which cited data from business registry tracking firm Tianyancha. That number signified a considerable acceleration from the 18,000 video gaming firms that shut down throughout 2020.

    Larger firms such as TikTok owner ByteDance, online search giant Baidu and Tanwan Games trimmed their losses by laying off a number of employees involved in the video gaming segment of their operations.

    Meanwhile, industry leaders Tencent Holdings and NetEase are putting more resources in overseas markets.

    Shenzhen-based Tencent, which runs the world’s biggest video gaming business by revenue and ubiquitous super app WeChat, plans to open a new video game development studio in Singapore under subsidiary TiMi Studio Group. TiMi is the developer behind two of Tencent’s biggest mobile gaming hits, Honour of Kings and Call of Duty: Mobile.

    The new Singapore studio will be TiMi’s fourth overseas developer facility after those in Los Angeles, Seattle and Montreal. Before this move, Tencent had its employees in the city state work only on existing games.

    The recent company closures and lay-offs show the increased regulatory uncertainty in China, which ranks as the world’s largest and most lucrative video gaming market. That has made it increasingly difficult for companies to invest and draw up new video gaming projects in the domestic market.

    The NPPA has neither provided an official explanation for the latest suspension nor any hint on when the process for new video game approvals will resume. Since May 2019, the NPPA has typically announced newly licensed games either in the middle or at the end of each month. Between 80 to 100 games are usually approved each month.

    The freeze on new licences came months after President Xi Jinping raised the issue of gaming addiction among the country’s youth during the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the other half of China’s annual “two sessions” event in March. The other major measure, a three-hour weekly gaming restriction for minors, was announced in August.

  2. shinichi Post author


    サウスチャイナ・モーニング・ポスト (South China Morning Post、南華早報) は、香港で発行されている日刊英字新聞。


    香港がイギリス領であった1903年に創刊された英字新聞。創刊当時の中国語題号は『南清早報』であったが、辛亥革命によって1912年に中華民国が成立したことを受けて、翌1913年より現在の『南華早報』に改めた(英語題号は変更していない)。中華人民共和国への香港返還後も引き続き多くの英語話者を抱えている香港で固定的な読者を持ち、2006年現在の発行部数は約10万4,000部である。また日曜版である『サンデー・モーニング・ポスト』(“Sunday Morning Post”)の発行部数は約8万部となっている。1996年から有料のオンライン版も発行しているほか、紙媒体版には学生割引サービスが存在する。






  3. shinichi Post author


    by Kiyoshi Tane


    香港メディアThe South China Morning Post(SCMP)によると、中国でゲームのライセンスを担当している国家新聞出版署(NPPA)は7月末以降、新規タイトルの承認リストを発表していないとのこと。これは2018年3月~12月にかけての休止以来(当時も中国ゲーム市場の成長が大幅に鈍化)、中国内で最も長い新規ゲームライセンスの停止となります。



    かたやTikTokを運営するByteDance、オンライン検索大手のBaidu、Tanwan Gamesなどの大手企業は、ゲーム事業に関わる多くの従業員を解雇して損失を縮小。その一方、業界トップのテンセント・ホールディングスとネットイースは海外市場に経営資源を投入していると伝えられています。

    たとえばテンセントは子会社のTiMi Studio Groupのもと、シンガポールに新たなビデオゲーム開発スタジオを開設する予定とのことです。TiMi社はモバイルゲームの大ヒット作『王者栄耀』(「Honour of Kings」)や「Call of Duty: Mobile」、「ポケモンユナイト」などの開発元として知られています。




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