US gaming platform Roblox has been approved by China’s National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) for release in China on both mobile and PC.
Roblox has achieved great success especially this year as millions of people around the world are playing mobile games more to keep themselves entertained.
In October, it surpassed $2 billion in mobile player spending and the company shared in July that more than half of US kids and teens under 16 now play Roblox. Also, Apple recently announced the best App Store games and apps of 2020 and Roblox has been the third most downloaded mobile game on the iOS market in 2020.
However, the game wasn’t available in China as the country requires a government license before a company can release a game.
On December 2, China’s National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) released a list of 42 approved imported games and Roblox has secured license to launch its game platform in China, on both mobile and PC.
Meanwhile, the other apps include Candy Crush Friends Saga, Summoners War, Dynasty Warriors: Hegemony, Marvel Super War, YuGiOh Duel Link, Just Dance and more.
China's gaming regulator approved 42 new import games today.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) December 3, 2020
Key approvals include Roblox, Summoners War, Dynasty Warriors: Hegemony, Marvel Super War, Candy Crush Friends Saga, YuGiOh Duel Link, Just Dance and more.
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As reported by the South Morning China Post, Roblox will be published in China by the WeChat-owner Tencent. The two companies have formed a joint venture in May 2019 and have been working together to get a government license since then. However, no release data has been shared yet.
The news comes 2 months after Roblox announced confidential submission to go public.