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China approves 2nd batch of video games, Tencent misses out again

China approved a second list of video games with titles owned by internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. and rival NetEase Inc. left out again, Reuters reported.

The country's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television reportedly cleared 84 new games for the second time in a fortnight.

The broadcasting watchdog earlier approved 80 online video games for release Dec. 29, 2018, ending a suspension enforced since March 2018.

Holding back game approvals was part of China's content crackdown amid mounting concerns about online addiction and health issues among children.

The freeze hit companies of the world's largest gaming market, where an estimated 620 million players generated revenues of US$37.9 billion in 2018 on mobile and PC games, the report said, citing gaming market research company Newzoo.