IT giants Tencent and NetEase were able to gain approval for their new games for the first time since September 2021, when Chinese regulators announced a slowdown in the approval process for all new entertainment online products.
The health education project, created by Tencent, is part of the list of 73 domestic games approved by China's National Press and Publications Authority.
The Chinese regulator's published list does not include the name Tencent itself, but its educational game Defense of Health has been approved by Nanjing Wangian Technology, which acts as an operator.
The Nanjing Vangdian Technology is under the control of Tencent's leaders, including the co-founder Pony Ma .
In September last year, it was announced that China had temporarily slowed down the approval process for all new online games, a step that was then called a coercive measure in the fight against youth gambling, and a strategy to slow decisions on approval of new games was announced after a meeting of Chinese authorities with gaming companies, including Tencent and NetEase.