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Chinese online gamer stabbed for selling virtual sword

From the Manawatu Standard: New Zealand’s leading news and information website: A Shanghai online game player stabbed to death a competitor who sold his cyber-sword, the China Daily said yesterday, creating a dilemma in China where no law exists for the ownership of virtual weapons. Qiu Chengwei, 41, stabbed competitor Zhu Caoyuan repeatedly in the […]

Online games sales soar in Internet-mad China

From Channelnewsasia.com: China, home to the world’s second largest number of Internet users, saw sales of online games in 2004 soar 47.9 percent to 2.47 billion yuan (298.44 million dollars), state media reported. Among China’s 94 million Internet users, 20.25 million were online games enthusiasts, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Press and Publication Administration. […]

China Bans a New Computer Video Game

From the ABC News: “China has banned a new computer game for referring to Taiwan and other regions claimed by China as separate countries. The ban underscores China’s extreme sensitivity over any perceived slight to its national prestige amid rising global economic and political clout. Officially ‘Football Manager 2005,’ a British game that hit markets […]

China’s online game industry started a “gold rush”

“The game software industry has become one of the most important entertainment industries worldwide. At present, the global online game industry has showed huge value and become a new point of economic growth. China has become the fastest-growing market with the largest potential in the global online game industry. In the first half of 2004, […]

China opens up to Electronic Arts

From BBC today: “Electronic Arts, the world’s biggest computer games firm, is setting up a development studio in China. The firm said it hopes to have 500 staff at the Chinese arm, which should help it capitalise on the massive demand in Asia for online gaming.” The full article is here.

China to launch nationwide crackdown against online computer games

According to AFP: “China is gearing up for a nationwide crackdown on online computer games, including those with sensitive political content, officials said. The operation is the latest attempt by China to rein in what it perceives as the harmful influences of the Internet in a country where usage has exploded in recent years, with […]

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