China’s top video game regulator, the State Administration of Press and Publication (SAPP) began accepting new game approval submissions on Monday after a two-month hiatus, while implementing a new and more detailed approval process, according to game media outlet GameLook.

The new requirements were initially disclosed in a post from the official WeChat account of Yifan Publications, an agency that helps game companies apply for approvals. As of writing, the agency has taken down the article, and there are no updates about the new requirements on the website for State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), the government body that SAPP replaced. In the absence of its own website, SAPP uses the website of the now-defunct SAPPRFT to send out notices.

While not yet officially confirmed, the new rules were reportedly released by SAPP on Apr. 10 during a gaming conference. They were later conveyed to game approval agencies like Yifan and game companies on Apr. 16 by local gaming regulators.

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com