China Bans Unsanctioned Video Game Live Streaming

In March, the Chinese government announced plans to expand restrictions on online gaming for minors, including live streaming and social media. At the time, the government was soliciting public feedback on a draft of the proposed change document, but now appears to be taking some crackdowns: Reuters The country’s State Administration of Radio and Television has banned unauthorized video game broadcasts, the report said.

new rule [Google translated] It applies to video games not yet approved for distribution in China, as well as games and eSports competitions from outside China, the report said. In addition to restricting the game content that can be played on Chinese platforms, it also calls on streamers to avoid “traffic-oriented” aesthetics and other “bad” behaviors, and to interact with viewers in a “civilized and healthy” online environment.