July 9, 2020

China’s crackdown on video game addiction sparks global debate over censorship

With hundreds of millions of people glued to their screens from Beijing to Bristol, around the world the video gaming industry continues to surge in popularity.

From school-children battling on Fortnite in their bedrooms, to adults on their daily commute tapping away at Candy Crush on their smartphones, video gaming has become as intrinsic a ritual of modern life as watching television was for earlier generations.

And the financial rewards are colossal too.

With new releases such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Fifa 18, the industry is expected to generate $138bn (£110bn) in sales this year, up over 48pc from $93bn in 2015.

Yet despite its huge popularity, the industry is facing a powerful backlash….

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