Looks like China is still experimenting with their own policies. Today, we learn that the Chinese government has announced plans to end its 13-year ban on the sale of video game consoles.
So long as foreign companies are able to establish sales operations and production in Shanghai's free trade zone, they are free to sell consoles across the rest of China. Each console must be approved by China's Ministry of Culture before it can be released to the market, however.
In addition to removing the console ban, China will also let foreign companies to "directly allow some internet services" in Shanghai, though details here are a little scarcer.
China banned video game consoles back in 2000 over concerns that video games might be detrimental to the physical and mental development of children. As with most things in China, consoles remained available through the country's rather prevalent black market, but PC and mobile gaming remained popular. News that the government may be relaxing its tough policy against consoles came earlier this year, but officials denied this was true at the time.
Shanghai's free trade zone is located in the city's eastern suburbs, and is set to commence September 29. The area will allow foreign investors and companies to operate with more leniency, while serving as a sort of testing grounds for the government's policies. Successful policies may later be spread nationwide.