The General Administration of Press and Publication, China's video game industry regulator, is now prohibiting foreign investment in domestic online gaming, reports Reuters. This comes as China's online gamine sales are expected to increase 30 - 50 percent in 2009.
This new decision also prevents foreign companies from indirectly influencing Chinese gaming companies through tech support or agreements.
Earlier this year, Chinese game dev NetEase.com was awarded the licence to operate World of Warcraft within China. The country's regulators have had concerns about the the joint venture in which NetEase is supported by Blizzard's tech support.
China bans foreign investment in online games industry [Reuters via Joystiq][Pic]