China approves third batch of video games; still no Tencent


FILE PHOTO: People play in a video games hall during a night out in Shanghai February 23, 2008. REUTERS/Nir Elias

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese authorities on Tuesday approved the release of a third batch of video games after a freeze for most of last year, with industry leader Tencent Holdings Ltd again absent from the list of approved titles.

The list from broadcasting watchdog – the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television – featured 93 new video games.

Tencent’s domestic rival NetEase Inc was also absent from the list.

The list was the third since December. The body previously approved a batch of 84 new video games earlier this month.

Reporting by Brenda Goh and Beijing Monitoring Slot; Editing by Christopher Cushing


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