Is China Banning All Unapproved Games from Live Streaming?

April 22, 2022

On April 12, 2022, the National Radio and Television Administration (国家广播电视总局) (the “NRTA”) and the Propaganda Department of the Central Committee (中央宣传部) (the “CPD”) issued the Notice on Strengthening the Administration of Game Live Streaming on Online Audio-Visual Platforms (关于加强网络视听节目平台游戏直播管理的通知) (the “Game Live Streaming Notice”), pursuant to which online audio-visual content, such as online movies and television, online entertainment shows, live streams, and other short videos, are prohibited from displaying games that are not approved by a relevant authority. Similarly, the Game Live Streaming Notice also prohibits various platforms from attracting user visits for unapproved or illegal gaming content.

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