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[Forbes] China Moves To Lift 13 Year Ban On Video Game Consoles

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China is looking to finally get with the times, and is making moves to end the 13 year ban on the sale of video game consoles in the country. The idea is to make the Chinese economy more competitive internationally, and increase use of their currency worldwide. The South China Morning Post reports that the reversal of the ban could be imminent, and the move is supported by powerful figures like Premier Li Keqiang.
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In the end, however, it’s hard to see how this isn’t a huge boon for the video game industry. Yes, it will be tough to work around China’s government and endless sea of pirates, but it’s certainly better than the outright ban which has existed in the country for well over a decade now. This could very well change the course of the industry, depending on how the big three and their upstart competitors react to it.

AMD, Microsoft and Sony must be laughing maniacally as well as many developers. biggrin.gif

I don't get the second point in the Forbes article. Piracy? It exist EVERYWHERE and it's HUGE. USA, France, Japan, Germany, Spain...China. Such a naïve point of view must surely come from a Goody Two-Shoes who believes everything on their side of life is done right by the book of our "betters". lachen.gif

I wouldn't say having official and unimpeded access to a potential 1300 million souls(and rising) market isn't a huge boon. It's a LUDICROUS WIN. They still need to buy their consoles. Black marketeers won't profit as much anymore from import, that profit will go to the companies. And if they want to drive people off from pirating games, they just have to price consoles and games accordingly to the market in which they're entering and offer some kind of add-in value, like access to online games(which is ginormous in China), chinese translations and voice-overs in like EVRYTHING, never mind Chinese focused developers and games...

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you're the naive one if you don't recognize how big piracy is in china. it was quite easy to buy modified consoles to play pirated games even DURING the ban. not to mention how loads of malls have people openly selling pirated stuff-not just on the street but even in more official places of business.

still this is pretty cool overall and i can't really comprehend why they wouldn't have done this before. though i guess they do have some pretty crazy protectionist policies going on there overall
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Great, time to invest in Chinese currency. Sell your American dollars!
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If there really is no real established PS3/360 client base over there, these are huge news, new consoles could sell tenths of millions units on their first year there.
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Considering how much animosity China has towards Japan, this could be a huge opportunity for Microsoft.
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Considering how much animosity China has towards Japan, this could be a huge opportunity for Microsoft.

If I was Chinese or Korean I wouldn't be too fond of Japan.
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If there really is no real established PS3/360 client base over there, these are huge news, new consoles could sell tenths of millions units on their first year there.

So you're saying they could sell 100,000 units?

Just kidding.

This could be huge for the gaming industry, but will it actually affect the rest of the world? I don't think it will personally, but I guess an argument could be made that the more money that's pumped into the gaming industry the more money there is for game development which may lead to higher quality games.
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If Japan is anything to go by, this is great news for Sony & Nintendo. Not so much for Microsoft.
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manhua is better than manga imo. chinese games- given some time- will blow japanese games clear out of the 7 seas. there's simply more great artists and brilliant minds per capita in china (no facts to back this up, but the simple rule of thumb is that if you're 1 in a million, there's 1,300 others just like you in china).
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Considering how much animosity China has towards Japan, this could be a huge opportunity for Microsoft.

considering how the most popular games there seem to be wow and lol, i kinda doubt it
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