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China's Government Must Now Approve Every Mobile Game

As of today, July 1, all mobile games must be pre-approved by the Chinese government at least 20 days before they’re released. It’s part of sweeping new regulations to curb when, what, and how media is distributed in China.

Though every game is impacted by this, it seems like it’ll touch story-based games even more:

And we thought Apple was touchy about what constitutes a game?

Even companies who’ve already published mobile games are required to meet another set of approvals from the government, for such games to stay online.

Here are the rest of the regulations:

I’ve written all sorts of stories about censorship in the past, but sometimes we throw around the term a little too liberally. This is what censorship looks like.

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