Reports are that the Chinese ministry of culture is considering overturning a ban on video game consoles being sold in the region. The ban was created in 2000 over the fears that games would negatively influence Chinese youth. Free-to-play titles on PC and mobile have risen anyway, though an increasingly affluent middle class could mean that a market for console games also exists.

“We are reviewing the policy and have conducted some surveys and held discussions with other ministries on the possibility of opening up the game console market,” said a source.

“China [is] a promising market for our business, and we are always considering and preparing business opportunities and possibilities,” noted Sony Computer Entertainment spokeswoman Yoshiko Uchiyaman.

Source: Reuters