Posted December 17, 2020
That's normal that if you want to sell games in China you have to follow China's rules. What isn't normal is China dictating that a store based in Europe can't sell games to people in Europe, the Americas, etc, when neither the people buying the games, the store selling the games or the people who made the game are "mainland Chinese". That should not become normalized at all.
IAmBored2: You do realize that it isn't about "backbone" it's an either or. If you want to do business in China you need to follow China's laws which require the government to have access to your systems, for the government to be able to takedown anything they find objectionable... for the government to be in complete control.
Let's flip it around. Let's say The Isle of Man splits off from Great Britain. A small game studio based on the Isle of Man makes a horror game. Inside that game is one single visual joke poking fun at the British Prime Minister's infamous haircut. Britain responds by demanding the game be banned worldwide, not just inside Britain but, eg, demanding that unless a Chinese game store not sell the game to not only China but everywhere else, eg, Malaysia, Thailand, etc, the entire store gets banned for business for every unrelated game to every unrelated country. This is exactly what gets labelled "throwing your weight around" or "imperialism" (but only when "the west" do it). When China does it, it's apparently "good business or something". The hypocrisy is staggering...