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It's not clear for how long

Gaming consoles have been banned in China for over a decade, but a temporary lift of that ban was announced earlier this week.

According to Techie News, the 13-year ban on home gaming consoles in China has been temporarily lifted, but news reports do not indicate for how long.

The ban was originally implemented in 2000 as a way of protecting the mental health of children. The country didn't want its youth exposed to video game violence and waste away hours sitting in front of the TV. 

However, the State Council of PCR announced the lift of the ban Monday, which will allow console makers to produce and sell their products in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. The consoles can be distributed throughout the entire country. 


This means that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will now be able to jump on an entirely new gaming market for sales of their respective consoles. This market in China has an estimated value of $14 billion USD. 

While the ban lift will make it possible for console makers to sell their products in China, one thing to consider is that there is already a large black market for consoles and games in the country. Many already got their hands on the products illegally, and have used P2P networks to download pirated games.

Microsoft, maker of the Xbox console, is already very familiar with the piracy issues in China. Back in 2012, the company sued Gome Electrical Appliances Holding in China for installing pirated versions of its software on computers. Later that year, Microsoft hired 1,000 new employees in China for research and development (R&D), services, marketing and sales in hopes of reaching the full potential of that market. 

But the lifting of the ban is likely great news for Microsoft anyway, as it recently released its Xbox One console in November 2013 and wouldn't mind the extra sales. Sony is in the same position, as it released the PlayStation 4 a week ahead of the Xbox One. 

Source: Techie News

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By inperfectdarkness on 1/7/2014 1:42:04 PM , Rating: 5
"The PLA has developed capabilities on par with those of the NSA, and is seeking to expand its venues for data collection."

RE: Translation:
By flatrock on 1/8/2014 7:53:20 AM , Rating: 2
Give the Chinese credit where it is due. I believe that they started widespread use government sanctioned hacking before the US. The US had to play catch-up in the "cyber war", and while the NSA is restricted from actively spying on US citizens unless they have reasonable suspicions they are involved in terrorism, the Chinese have no such restrictions on their intelligence community relating to Chinese citizens.

We need better protections on our data held by third parties here in the US, but minimize the oppression of other nations such as China by acting like they are less oppressive that the US.

RE: Translation:
By GulWestfale on 1/8/2014 8:09:45 AM , Rating: 3
the NSA is restricted from actively spying on US citizens unless they have reasonable suspicions they are involved in terrorism

out here in the real world, the NSA has been spying on american citizens without cause or suspicion for years, including your own elected officials.

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