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China’s Bilibili Platform bans ‘Violent Video Game’ Streaming

Chinese video program bilbili It has been declared to ban the live broadcast of more than 60 video games, including the popular series Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Y The Witcher 3, to comply with regulatory guidelines, in the latest signal that the companies are pursuing the Chinese government's efforts to clear the domestic gaming industry of the content that it is not happy with.

Bilibili's live streaming unit said in a statement on Monday that the decision to ban live streaming of these video games and others as Iron Heart, Rainbow Six Siege Y World of Tanks It has been assumed that it will comply with the guidelines of the Ministry of Culture and other authorities, which consider these titles unsuitable for public dissemination. «Bilibili will block the live broadcast of games with bloody, violent and pornographic content»The Shanghai – based company said in the statement.

Chinese authorities have tightened control over video game content, treating it as censorship movies and TV series, and launching a campaign against video game addiction. However, increased regulatory scrutiny is making it more difficult for video games developed by foreign studios to reach the country's 666 million gamers, as the Chinese government has emphasized the approval of content that promotes positive social values. .

China already bans some games, such as Plague Inc, a real-time strategy simulation video game that allows players to create a pathogen to destroy humanity. It was blocked by Chinese users from buying on the Apple App Store and Steam in March 2020 after it became public during the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan.

Video content related to a video game is an important part of what Bilibili offers on its platform. According to statistics provided by Bilibili, the video game category collected more than 24 million videos in 2021, with a total length of about 5 million hours.

The Chinese government has stepped up surveillance of the country's video game industry, the world's largest in 2021, with about $ 49.3 billion in business, according to data from the World Economic Forum and Statista. The freeze on new video game licenses in China has been extended until 2022, and the process is expected to resume earlier in late 2021.

Fountain: South China Morning Post

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