No one ever said that the Chinese approval process for video games ever made sense, but what makes less sense is them leaving Tencent Games off the list. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (yes, that’s a real governing body there) approved 80 online games, but for some reason excluded games from their home country’s biggest company. Which takes much of the wind out of the company’s sales and hurts gamers as they are heavily involved in bringing popular mobile titles to China like Arena of Valor, Fortnite, and PUBG.
Right now, no one has an explanation as to why this took place, not even industry insiders. The best guess people have is that all of those games recently came up on a suggested list of titles that should be censored or banned. But the list was a suggestion and hasn’t been implemented yet, so it doesn’t explain why current games that haven’t hit the market yet would be affected. The failure to get approved caused shares of Tencent Games to dip 20%.