Beijing wags finger at social gaming operators

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The Chinese Ministry of Culture claims that a chunk of the country’s social gaming operators are failing to observe the country’s laws on decency and gaming procedure.

 

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ccording to a report by China’s state-owned news agency Xinhua, the country’s Ministry of Culture has warned 26 online social gaming operators that they are in breach of Chinese law.

The government alleged that 16 of the companies in question provide online content which involves “pornography, gambling and content against social ethics.” The other offenders were said to have earned Beijing’s disapproval by failing to inform customers before taking a game offline, as well falling short of required addiction prevention standards.

A brief statement from the ministry said that: “businesses must learn their lessons, fulfil their responsibilities, improve their own self-censorship and operate their businesses in line with the law.”

businesses must learn their lessons, fulfil their responsibilities, improve their own self-censorship and operate their businesses in line with the law.

The move represents the latest clampdown on illicit online activity in China since a major scandal saw Baidu – the country’s most highly-trafficked search engine – publicly admonished this summer. The incident was sparked when a local news source conducted an expose which suggested that certain corporate advertisement links listed on Baidu were actually feeding users to illicit iGaming sites.

As a result of the scandal, an investigation of Baidu is currently underway by state internet regulator the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) – amid accusations that some Baidu employees knew of, and benefited directly from the glitch.

Whilst a state lottery is in place, all other forms of gambling are strictly prohibited throughout mainland China: a precedent which has remained unaltered since the declaration of the People’s Republic in 1949.


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