China to punish 36 online games operators for porn

The ministry will continue random inspections, disclose inspection results in a timely manner, and better publicise relevant rules and regulations.

By: PTI | Beijing | Published:November 21, 2016 7:02 pm

China’s government today said it will punish 36 online game operators for disseminating pornography and aiding and abetting gambling. The ministry of culture began inspection of the online games market in September in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and other cities. From the random checking of 200 game operators, 36 were found to provide games with illegal content, such as pornography and gambling, as well as contents abetting to crimes and “offending social morality”, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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The ministry urged the 36 operators to cooperate with law enforcers and learn from their mistakes. The ministry will continue random inspections, disclose inspection results in a timely manner, and better publicise relevant rules and regulations.

China’s online game industry has increased by 30 per cent for nine consecutive years in terms of its annual output value, and gave birth to the world’s largest online gaming company in terms of revenue.

However, some online games have “poor social values”, and are low quality, Chen Tong, director of the cultural market department of the ministry, said at a press briefing, calling on online games to “propagate socialist core values”.