China’s Draft Video Game Rules Pulled from Website

China’s National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) has removed the draft video game rules from its website.

When the proposals were made public back in December 2023, the country’s biggest gaming companies, Tencent and NetEase, suffered major setbacks after worried investors pulled billions from the market. As per reports, a gaming regulatory official was sacked in connection with the draft rules, which were open for public consultation until January 22, 2024.

The draft rules envisaged a host of restrictions aimed at limiting the time and money spent by users on video games. For instance, it was proposed to ban the offering of rewards or incentives designed to make users splurge or engage in excessive play. Notably, video games were expected to alert players on “irrational consumption behaviour”. However, it was also sought to expedite the gaming approval process by providing a 60-day deadline.

Other features included a ban on compelling players into combat and offering probability-based lucky draw features to minors, a limit on recharge, the requirement of storing servers within the country, etc.