The National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), China’s gaming regulator, announced 86 new licenses for domestic games on Thursday. The list includes 79 mobile games and two Switch games. Tencent and NetEase, the country’s two biggest gaming firms, are absent from the list of approvals for April, but there are notable titles from ByteDance and Bilibili. The former has seen subsidiary Moonton receive clearance for its mobile multiplayer online battle arena game Mobile Legends Bang Bang, while the latter has begun pre-registration for players on its new sci-fi MOBA mobile game Re:AETATIS. The new batch of approvals is the latest sign that China is looking to return to a more stable roll out of new gaming titles following heavy restrictions on the sector in recent years. Some 347 domestic games and 27 imported games have been issued with licenses so far this year. Just 513 game licenses, including 468 for domestic games and 45 for imported games, were issued over the course of 2022, 38% fewer than in 2021. [IThome, in Chinese]