China’s State Council has temporarily lifted a ban on foreign made video game consoles, reports Reuters.
Barring government approval, “foreign-invested enterprises,” Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, can now sell their consoles directly to the general Chinese public without having to work through import stores or back-alley deals. The consoles can be manufactured in the “Shanghai free trade zone” and can be sold anywhere in the country for the first time in 14 years.
The ban was first instilled back in June of 2000 when the Chinese government began worrying that the youths of the country were rotting their brains from playing too many video games. Sounds just like my own mother 14 year years ago. Strange how that works.
No further details were provided in the Chinese government’s statement, but we are quite sure that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are more than happy to welcome a billion potential new customers into their ranks. Too bad they can’t play Battlefield 4.
Keep in mind, though, the key word in all this is “temporarily.” Don’t go spoiling this for everyone by playing too much!