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Published on March 8th, 2017 | by cinderboy

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Game crisis – China issues unofficial ban on new South Korean games

[Source] According to various recent reports, China has issued a ban on games made in South Korea. The Chinese government has “unofficially” told local publishers not to distribute any new games supplied by South Korean companies. This is likely happening as North America is installing a new THAAD missile defence system in South Korea to help defend against North Korea.

The Chinese government got spooked, claiming the deployment is a threat to its own national security. The top Korean developers, including Nexon and Smilegate, earn most of their profits from the Chinese market, and the unofficial ban caused Nexon’s shares to fall 7%, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The upcoming launch of big titles, including the chart-breaking Lineage: Revolution, is currently in limbo.



 

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Your average online gamer who is bilingual in Chinese and English, although he does try to play Japanese and Korean games sometimes. Online gaming since 1999, and has worked in the online gaming and mobile gaming industry (Journalist, Game Master, Community Manager, Operations Manager) since 2008.



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