The restrictions in China are increasing. After numerous video games have already been banned, this should now be the case Online gaming between China and the rest of the world be deactivated. To this end, the government plans to activate a firewall that isolates Chinese players from the outside world.
In addition, Chinese players are said to log in with their real names to ensure full government surveillance. Online games, whether single or multiplayer, are also monitored internally.
Online games are an "authority vacuum"
Massive gaming restrictions: The government announced the decision on the grounds that online gaming constituted an "authority vacuum" that could not be monitored. The news portal Taiwan News reported on its official website.
The alleged reason for the ban can be attributed to criticism of the government: Just recently became the popular simulation game Animal Crossing: New Horizons banned in China. A player had previously implemented the "Free Hong Kong" lettering into the game and made fun of the Chinese general secretary Xi Jingping.
Other players spread government-critical messages in the game, which led to the ban.
Further restrictions for the gaming world stipulate that the following content may no longer be displayed in China:
- Zombies and epidemics
- Maps you can create yourself
- Role playing
- Creating a group in games
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Plague Inc probably banned in China due to corona virus
Players should no longer have contact with the outside world: All of this may sound like a wild mix of disjointed genres, but the Chinese government sees its authority threatened by all of these components and tries to stop it all over the country.
Experts believe that online games have just been banned to prevent other countries from learning about Chinese handling of the corona virus. Especially in the case of the popular Plague, Inc. mobile game, this theory seems to be correct. That was also banned at the beginning of last month.
The laws have not yet been finally adopted. Given that numerous games have already been banned and the government is generally not keen to pass on its internal affairs to other countries, such a ban seems more than likely.