Adding to the list of rules for minors, they can also only spend a certain amount of money. According to BBC, gamers between 8 to 16 years old have a limit of 200 yuan to spend each month, which is roughly equivalent to $29 USD. Older teens between 16 and 18 years old can spend double the amount at 400 yuan.
China banned the approval of any new games containing dead bodies and blood of any color, games that feature gambling, and games that negatively portray the country’s history. The State Administration of Press and Publications created this approval process for digital games and introduced these changes in 2019.
Niko Partners clarified that dead bodies aren’t completely outlawed, but they must “disappear quickly (fade away or otherwise)” and pools of blood of any color aren’t allowed to be shown on screen. And yes, “blood of any color” means no pink blood like in “Danganronpa” or green “slime” blood, either. Sometimes developers use these colors to escape loopholes for violence and ratings.
Games also now require any “loot box systems or lucky draw systems” to list the probability of receiving valuable items. According to regulations, this probability should be listed as a percentage, along with the number of times needed to draw on either the game website or in-game. For example, “Genshin Impact” states the percentage and number of pulls players need before the “pity” system activates and they’re granted coveted 5-star characters. Gizmodo added that this approval process also targeted classic gambling games like mahjong and poker.
These rules only apply to games submitted for approval after August 2018, though, meaning that a few games with “racier” content have made it to stores in China.
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