I don't presume to know much about trade policy or international relations, so I'll just pass you this link to a story over on VentureBeat
and let you decide for yourself. You probably have already heard that Blizzard has had plenty of trouble trying to bring World of Warcraft
back online in China -- they've been waiting on approval from the Chinese government's General Administration of Press and Publication
, which has already mandated a few changes
to the game. Dean Takahashi at VB suggests that rather than being a technical issue, the delay may actually be political and/or economically motivated: the US and China have been bumping gently lately over exports and imports
, and Takahashi suggests that Blizzard's game may have gotten caught in the middle. The GAPP, he says, may be holding the game back, concerned that such a popular foreign game might be released again on their soil.
Fortunately, even Takahashi says it's unsubstantiated -- WoW
is likely to go back online in China in a matter of days
, and the delays could just as easily have been administrative errors. But I do agree with Takahashi that it's worth watching -- China is cautious about allowing foreign manufacturers to sell to their citizens, and video games are no exception.
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