Tencent Games is not quite yet a household name when it comes to video game enthusiasts, though perhaps it should be. This gaming behemoth is, among other things, tasked with releasing new video games in the territories of China, which was only this weekend made possible again.
China games ban went on for most of 2018, where the leading party disallowed the release of new titles due to them being overly violent and, according to them, causing myopia and addiction. That's now been lifted, for the most part, though Tencent hasn't been able to get on the list of approvals.
Tencent Holdings Ltd is a Chinese multinational investment holding conglomerate that's been growing positively immense over the past half a decade or so. Allegedly the largest gaming and social media company in existence, Tencent have gotten their paws in all sorts of gaming-related business, as well as having used to be the main avenue for getting one's games released in China at all.
For example, Tencent have got majority owns in Grinding Gear Games (Path of Exile), Miniclip, Riot Games (League of Legends), and Supercell, while also being shareholders in, say, Epic, who have definitely been making headlines as of late.
That said, not even Tencent were allowed to release games in China lately due to the Republic effectively banning all new releases for close to a year now. This Saturday, however, according to a Reuters report, the China game ban was lifted and followed by the immediate release of 80 "new" games.
Mind, the Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television included none of the games that Tencent have been trying to get published. What this means, exactly, we do not yet know, but it's an interesting and unexpected turn of events all the same.