The country’s content regulator has asked local governments to cease filing new requests to monetize new video games, as it attempts to process a mountain of outstanding applications built up during last year’s licensing freeze.
The General Administration of Press and Publications made the announcement this week, sources told Reuters, dousing a recent spark in optimism for China’s gaming industry after approvals resumed in December.
Since the freeze begin in March, over 5,000 gaming applications have in queue for approval. Filings are made by companies to local authorities which in turn submit them to the state regulator.
Game companies will still be able to make their applications, but these won’t be conveyed to Beijing while the existing backlog is managed, one source said.