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Tencent Wins Approval For Two Titles After Gaming Freeze in China:
BEIJING -- Tencent Holdings Ltd. scored approval for two of its games from Chinese regulators following the end of a regulatory freeze on new gaming licenses that lasted most of last year.
But the Shenzhen-based company still hasn't gotten the green light it was seeking for two potentially lucrative games that are popular globally, "Fortnite," and one called "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds," according to a list published on Thursday by regulators. Tencent develops its own games and licenses titles such as "Fortnite" made by other companies.
Regulators stopped granting game publication licenses for nine months last year amid a reorganization of the agencies overseeing the gaming industry. The licenses are required before companies can charge money for games. State media have criticized videogames for being too violent and addictive for young people.
Tencent didn't respond to a request for comment.
The freeze battered shares of Tencent and rival gaming company NetEase Inc., which have made billions of dollars developing games such as "Honor of Kings" and importing foreign titles such as "World of Warcraft." Tencent executives blamed a rare profit decline last year on the inability to monetize some of its widely played games.
Regulators began granting publication licenses again in December, but the first three batches didn't include any titles from Tencent or NetEase. On Thursday, NetEase won approval for one game.
The two Tencent games that were greenlit -- called "Folding Fan" and "Wooden Connection" -- fall into a category called "functional games," which are educational in nature. Tencent began rolling out titles in this category last year to try to appease critics who lambasted its games for inappropriate content, said Chenyu Cui, a senior research analyst at IHS Markit.
Ms. Cui said these kinds of games don't make a difference to Tencent's bottom line. It is still unclear how the approval process may change going forward and what will happen with other Tencent games that are still awaiting licenses, she said.
Analysts have said there is a backlog of thousands of games industrywide -- and at least several dozen for Tencent -- awaiting approval.
Last month, state media reported that Chinese authorities have set up a committee to review online games and set out guidelines for companies on how to promote "social morality."
"You have to wait for a real hard-core game to pass censorship before we know what the new environment is like," Ms. Cui said.
On Thursday, shares of Tencent fell 0.9% to 330.20 Hong Kong dollars.
Write to Shan Li at [email protected]
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