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China Ends Game Freeze by Approving First Titles Since July

  • Tencent, NetEase games were not among those approved
  • The approvals are likely to quell investor unease about gaming
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WATCH: Chinese video-game makers and live-streaming platforms rally in U.S. trading after China approved the first batch of new video game licenses since July. Source: Bloomberg
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China has approved the first batch of new video game licenses since July, ending a months-long hiatus that put the world’s largest mobile gaming arena on edge.

The National Press and Publication Administration published a list of 45 domestic titles on its website late Monday, confirming an earlier Bloomberg News report. Industry leaders Tencent Holdings Ltd. and NetEase Inc. were noticeably absent from a lineup that included a Baidu Inc. game, XD Inc.’s “Flash Party” and iDreamSky Technology Holdings Ltd.’s “Watch Out For Candles.”