China is mounting a renewed crackdown against "undesirable" online games.
A Reuters reports cites Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency, which attributes the government action to concerns over crime and Internet addiction. More than 40 million Chinese now participate in online games.
Kou Xiaowei of China's General Administration of Press and Publication explained:
Although China's online gaming industry had been hot in recent years, online games are regarded by many as a sort of spiritual opium and the whole industry is marginalised by mainstream society. If we don't make adjustments, the industry will suffer sooner or later.
The lack of a content rating system and widespread availability of bootlegged products have hampered official efforts to regulate games.