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Daniel Ahmad
People have asked me why this is: 1. MiHoYo is a Mainland China based developer 2. China's laws and games regulator state that games cannot contain "Anything that threatens China's national unity" 3. All Chinese games censor phrases such as Taiwan / Hong Kong due to this
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Daniel Ahmad Oct 6
Replying to @ZhugeEX
Chinese developed games have to comply with a ton of content and in game censorship rules because of these laws and regulations There is a list of banned words that cannot be used in game / via chat functions Foreign developers also need to comply when publishing games in China
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Daniel Ahmad Oct 6
Replying to @ZhugeEX
Here is an extract from our China Regulations and Approval Process report that we released earlier this year.
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Daniel Ahmad Oct 6
Replying to @ZhugeEX
I should note. These rules technically do not apply outside China. It's why some Chinese games have a China ver. and a Global ver. with different content in each (and foreign developed games too). However, it's not always that simple for Chinese devs specifically.
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Daniel Ahmad Oct 6
Replying to @ZhugeEX
This is worth a read: "China’s Ministry of Culture implemented a software censorship decree in 2003 for gaming products" "If you were to play PUBG on mobile (Developed by Tencent) today, you’d find that “Taiwan” is censored in all the text chats."
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Daniel Ahmad Oct 6
Replying to @ZhugeEX
For those who can't see the cited tweet in the OP. This thread is about Genshin Impact, which is developed by Chinese company MiHoYo. The game censors certain words within the in game chat, including 'Hong Kong' and 'Taiwan'.
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ナキアミ Oct 6
Replying to @ZhugeEX
I thought Genshin was a Japanesegame. Why does it say its located n Tokyo?
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Daniel Ahmad Oct 6
Replying to @nakiami0611
That is weird tbh. Company is based in Shanghai
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matt Oct 6
Replying to @ZhugeEX
I'm curious, to what extent do those rules have to be enforced in Chinese-developed games that get published overseas? Is it something that could, for example, be avoided if a non-Chinese publisher picked it up internationally?
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Daniel Ahmad Oct 6
Replying to @MC_Odd
In the latter case, it'd be different yes.
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teffhk Oct 6
Replying to @ZhugeEX
I don't want to bring politics into this but how is the solely location name "Hong Kong" threatens China's national unity and has to be censored? Not even the article you linked or the national laws in HK mentioned about this.
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Daniel Ahmad Oct 7
Replying to @teffhk
Most things aren't explicitly mentioned, but because China's regulator approves every game, they shape which games get approved and which ones don't. Essentially there is an agreed list of filtered / censored words.
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