China Hunting Down Undesirable Online Games

China Hunting Down Undesirable Online Games



China Hunting Down Undesirable Online Games
After Brazil bans Counter-Strike and EverQuest to​ avoid violence crime,​ Chinese authorities recently announced that they are stepping up the​ crackdown against what they deem as​ undesirable online games.
China said it​ would issue new rules cracking down on​ undesirable elements of​ online games amid fears of​ growing Internet addiction as​ the​ number of​ players soars,​ state media reported on​ Thursday .​
Reuters reports.
The number of​ online game players in​ China rose 23 percent to​ 40.17 million last year,​ Xinhua news agency said this week,​ citing an​ industry survey .​
Regular subscribers,​ accounting for over half the​ players,​ soared 30 percent.
The demand propelled online games sales to​ top 10.57 billion yuan (1.46 billion) in​ 2007,​ up 61.5 percent,​ the​ agency said.
The industry's growth comes amid media reports of​ soaring rates of​ online addiction,​ and officials blaming Internet obsessions for the​ majority of​ juvenile crime.
Although China's online gaming industry had been hot in​ recent years,​ online games are regarded by many as​ a​ sort of​ spiritual opium and the​ whole industry is​ marginalized by mainstream society,​ Thursday's China Daily quoted Kou Xiaowei,​ a​ senior official with the​ General Administration of​ Press and Publication,​ as​ saying.




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