China Bans Live Stream of Unauthorized Games: China has banned the live stream of video games that do not have government approval. The government has introduced new provisions to tackle the ‘addiction’ of underage gamers and internet users.
Last March, the Chinese government announced strict measures to limit the use of Livestream and social media, including online gaming by minors.
At that time, the government wanted the opinion of the people of the country on the proposed changes. Gaming site PC Gamer has commented that some parts of that announcement are now being implemented.
China’s National Radio and Television Administration has banned the live stream of unauthorized video games, according to a Reuters report.
The new ban will apply to live streams of video games that have not been approved for release in the Chinese market. Gaming site PC Gamer said the ban would also apply to sports events and other game streams held outside of China.
Additionally, China’s administration has asked Livestream streamers to refrain from “offensive” behavior in addition to imposing restrictions on streaming video content. They also mentioned maintaining a ‘civilized and healthy’ online environment for communicating with platform viewers.
The new Chinese restrictions are part of an ongoing effort to combat so-called “gaming” and online addiction among minors, PC Gamer said.
According to the new restrictions, “issues like chaos and adolescents’ addictions to online live broadcasts have attracted social attention, forcing social authorities to take effective measures to strictly control them.”
PC Gamer reports that one of the main reasons for the recent ban is the launch of games without approval on platforms such as Huya, DouYu, and Bilibili before the official release of games in the Chinese market. Livestreams continue to attract viewers before they are approved.