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.