Nearly Twenty Chinese Bureaucrats Fired For Gaming At Work

Bureaucratic work is understandably boring but it has its perks: a steady income and a stable job. However, nineteen government employees in China's far west province of Xinjiang have taken their jobs for granted, spending their office hours playing video games.

The government employees were caught in late august after unannounced inspections by the local government's disciplinary arm. During both visits, the inspectors found a decline in work efficiency from the Manas county Industrial Park regulatory department as well as declines in fourteen other departments.

Manas county is located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in West China. This region is often wrought with political and social turmoil. Much of the area is still closed to foreign journalists and tourists.

Looking into what caused the lack of work production, the disciplinary department found that 19 employees spread across 14 local government departments, most from the IPRD, were playing Three Kingdoms Killers Online, the Bang!-inspired, Three Kingdoms-themed card game.

Of the ninteteen people that were caught playing video games during office hours, four included deputy department heads, and 10 were township level supervisors.

So far, there is no word on what their punishment will be, but from the looks of it they could have just lost their careers all for the sake of gaming at work. Hope it was worth it!

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    And being China no doubt they'll blame games instead of people. oh wait that's not just China.

    So they didn't actually get fired?

    "So far, there is no word on what their punishment will be, but from the looks of it they could have just lost their careers all for the sake of gaming at work. Hope it was worth it!"

    Kotaku and your misleading titles bad Kotaku bad!

    considering it was gaming I can't see why they'd be fired. I wonder what sort of bribe they'd have to pay though to avoid the gaming being used as an excuse to fire them.

    Also 19 out of zillion people. That's pretty damn good. The amount of porn that I've seen go around corporate mail systems in Australia would probably result in hundreds of thousand being fired if they had been caught.

    All they had to say, is that it was research on American propaganda, for the Peoples' Republic of China... or the safest game Orientals could play would be Fallout 3 - the aftermath of China leveling USA.

    "Much of the area is still closed to foreign journalists and tourists"
    As someone who has been there recently and saw, or heard of, no such "closures", please provide a source for this.

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