Feb 20, 2019 (China Knowledge) - Chinese authorities are said to have just completed reviews of one-tenth of the number of mobile and computer games waiting to get approval over the past few two months, leaving some 5,000 more titles yet to be officially reviewed.
As a result of the backlog, games submitted for review early this year are unlikely to reach the market until 2020.
The revelations come after regulators have approved an addition 91 games in the sixth batch of approvals since approvals resumed in December last year after a 9-month halt in new game approvals.
The Chinese government has ceased issuance of new game licenses in March last year over concerns of rising gaming addiction in the country and short-sightedness in children, prompting a major reorganization in the country’s gaming industry as the industry came to a near standstill.
Regulators then further tightened controls in the market by introducing playing time restrictions based on age and announcing a cap on the total number of games on the market.
Relief finally flooded through the market when regulators announced that they will be resuming approvals in late December last year and have approved another 538 new titles since then.
The approvals are said to be going in order of their submission dates and only applications up to April last year have managed to be reviewed, with another 5,000 titles left in the queue and the backlog likely only being able to be cleared in the third quarter this year.
The slowdown in the approval process may bring about further consolidation in the market and push companies towards building better games and services which will eventually benefit consumers and the industry.
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