Regulations

14 09, 2022

China’s three hour rule for young gamers, one year later

2022-09-15T06:11:19-07:00September 14th, 2022|Categories: Regulations|

September 2022 marks the one-year anniversary of one of China’s strongest youth gamer protection regulations put in place by the National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA). The regulations restricted playing online video games to 8-9pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays, for a total of 3 hours per week only in that time slot, for all [...]

3 08, 2022

India blocks Battlegrounds Mobile India 2 years after banning PUBG Mobile

2022-08-03T12:50:36-07:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: India, Regulations|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Indian government requested Apple and Google to remove Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) from their app stores on July 28th, one year after it launched in the country. Our research shows that the popular battle royale game, published by South Korean firm Krafton, is no longer available for download. The request comes in the wake of [...]

27 07, 2022

Indonesia requires formal registration of tech and game companies

2022-07-27T07:21:37-07:00July 27th, 2022|Categories: Indonesia, Regulations, Southeast Asia|

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia (Kominfo) had issued regulation no. 5 of 2020 on Penyelenggara Sistem Elektronik Swasta (PSE) or Private Electronic System Providers. The regulation is imposed to local as well as foreign tech enterprises operating in Indonesia, which include game companies, who are (1) providing services within [...]

8 06, 2022

China’s NPPA issues licenses for 60 games in June 2022

2022-06-08T09:12:38-07:00June 8th, 2022|Categories: Regulations|

The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), the regulatory body governing China’s video game licensing, issued 60 licenses (ISBNs) on June 5, 2022 (Published publicly on June 7). This is the second batch of games to be issued a license after a 263-day long freeze on game approvals which ended in April 2022. This batch, as [...]

19 04, 2022

NRTA issues notice on game live streaming in China

2022-04-19T12:44:55-07:00April 19th, 2022|Categories: Regulations|

China’s National Radio and Television Administration issued a notice on April 12, 2022 (Published April 15), called “Strengthening the Management of Game Live Streaming on Online Audio-Visual Platforms”. The notice states that game live streaming platforms, short video platforms and other types of audio-visual platforms are prohibited from broadcasting video games without having obtained a license [...]

11 04, 2022

A bright note from China – game licensing has resumed

2022-04-11T11:39:25-07:00April 11th, 2022|Categories: Regulations|

The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), the regulatory body governing China’s video game licensing, announced a batch of new licenses, called ISBNs, for 45 domestic games on April 11, 2022. Companies pursuing China’s games market have waited 263 long days since the last batch of ISBNs, which was July 22, 2021. The news of the [...]

30 08, 2021

Additional restrictions imposed on Chinese youth gamers

2021-08-30T09:22:12-07:00August 30th, 2021|Categories: Regulations|

The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), the Chinese government regulator for video games, issued a new rule today that emphasizes the restriction of how much time youth gamers are allowed to play. The new rule states that people under 18 years old will be allowed to play online video games only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday [...]

9 08, 2021

ChinaJoy 2021 report

2021-08-09T13:59:30-07:00August 9th, 2021|Categories: China, Cloud gaming, Esports, Events, Regulations|

The 19th China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (ChinaJoy) took place July 30 - August 2, 2021, with a theme “Create Dreams with Technology and Win the Future with Fun.” There were more than 500 exhibitors across the B2B and B2C segments, nearly 30% of which were foreign, that displayed games, hardware, accessories, and new technological [...]

28 06, 2021

China Game Regulator Grants Publishing Licenses to 43 Imported Games, Including the First Game Approved for PS5 China Version

2021-06-29T08:11:59-07:00June 28th, 2021|Categories: Regulations|

The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) of the PRC, the regulatory body governing China’s video games market, announced publishing licenses (ISBN) for 43 imported (foreign) games on June 28, 2021. All games to be published in mainland China must first be granted an ISBN. The June 28 batch is a relief to many foreign game developers, as the previous batch of import titles had been on February 21, [...]

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