Despite governmental efforts to the contrary (gaming addiction ‘bootcamps,’ time-limiting systems and the like), China’s gaming population just refuses to be fenced in. The Chinese market is growing by leaps and bounds, which – unsurprisingly – is making the government just a wee bit skittish. Due to rampant piracy, lack of game ratings, and more illegal internet cafés than you can shake a stick at, the government is worried over reports of rising numbers of gaming addicts (and what they see as a related rise in juvenile crime). Will the fact that previous measures haven’t exactly had the desired effects mean that the CCP is going to throw their hands up in defeat? Of course not:
In a sweep designed to “clean up young people’s online environment,” police in the southern Chinese border city of Shenzhen uncovered 563 illegal Internet cafes, Xinhua said. The crackdown netted 1,407 computers, while 7 people were arrested and nearly 5,000 Internet accounts closed.
Shenzhen police in one case discovered 30 computers crammed into a 40-square meter room.
Other unregistered establishments were tucked in the upper floors of otherwise empty buildings. “This shows the difficulties the law enforcers face,” Xinhua noted.
Promising more crackdowns and more laws, the Chinese government is attempting to bite back. I’m just unconvinced it’s actually going to do anything other than flush out some illegal businesses and further bloat the bureaucracy.