(Yicai Global) June 7 -- China's newly-formed ministry of culture and tourism has shut down registry section of a website under its authority, which is Chinese online games developers' first port of call in seeking official approval and registry for new games, it said. The ministry denied speculation that the move is related to the latest legal battle between Tencent Holdings and Bytedance Technology, the company behind news aggregator Jinri Toutiao, according to online news outlet China Economic Net.
The closure of the department of cultural market website is related to some "organizational structuring,' the ministry said. China's newly-formed ministry of culture and tourism was unveiled in April after the merger between the ministry of culture and the China National Tourism Administration.
Tencent and Bytedance Technology have recently sued each other over allegations of defamation and anti-trust behavior.
Some rumors among netizens yesterday suggested the ministry only accepts applications for the imported online games, relating it to the legal battle between the two technology companies after they said that Toutiao called on authorities in an online message to protect children against online games.
Highly-popular among China's netizens, online games go live after a lengthy approval procedure. Developers first register it with the ministry on the login page of the department of cultural market website and get a filing number and then submit it to the regulator, General Administration of Press and Publication.
The ministry's department of cultural market is responsible for formulating cultural market development plans and policies, drafting relevant regulations, and regulating online gaming excluding pre-approval for online publishing of online games.
Editor: Mevlut Katik