Tencent restricted in China: Chinese Government Restricted Tencent from publishing or updating any app or game. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has directed app stores and platforms in the country to restrict Tencent’s existing and future apps. As long as the suspension is in place, Tencent will not be able to update its existing apps or release new ones as per the government order. It is unknown how long the suspension will last as the Chinese government has not revealed any details on why Tencent was restricted on the app stores and other platforms.
The games and apps can be available for play and use with the current version. The competitions of the game will go on as it is until further notice. It further stated that MIIT had just issued a notification stating that all mobile apps and upgrades will be subjected to a seven-day review period from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 before being released to app stores.
Tencent restricted in China: Chinese Government Restricted Tencent from publishing or updating any app or game
Tencent has stated that it will comply with the suspension. It is currently unknown how long the ban will be in effect, and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made no statement. In reaction to Yicai and other local media reports, Tencent maintained its apps were still working and available for download.
“We are continuously working to enhance user protection features within our apps, and also have regular cooperation with relevant government agencies to ensure regulatory compliance. Our apps remain functional and available for download,” the company said.
This is a setback for Tencent’s Weixin app (China’s version of WeChat) and the over 100 million people who play Honor Of Kings on a daily basis. Because this prohibition only applies to games and applications in China, Tencent’s popular MOBAs, Pokemon Unite and League of Legends, will be unaffected outside of the nation – Unite is currently inaccessible in China due to the government’s inability to approve a new game for almost three months.
This restriction is a major setback for Chinese gamers, who are already subjected to heavy government regulation. In China, minors are only allowed to play video games for three hours a week, or one hour every day from Friday through Sunday.