With tabletop game publishers and console manufacturers staring down the barrel of a 10% tax, the U.S. government opts to delay implementation until after the holiday shopping season.
Devotion developer Red Candle Games published a deeply apologetic note explaining that its game will remain unavailable 'in the near term.'
The United States' ongoing tariff war with China could have serious repercussions for the gaming and tech industries. If manufacturing vacates China, it's likely that this will result in higher prices for consumers.
No specific details have been provided as to why Indievent has lost its business license, although the issue has a number of Chinese developers and publishers worried.
A 25% increase in game console MSRP, to account for the tariffs, could bar potential buyers from purchasing a new console during the holiday season, while costing consumers almost a billion dollars more than is necessary.
Ryan J. Black, Co-Chair of Video Games & Esports at McMillan LLP, weighs in on how this legislation is likely to do far more harm than good to the game industry.
Similar legislation exists in Belgium and the Netherlands, but how will such a bill contend with the U.S. Constitution?
This decision has sparked another debate over children and violence in video games.
Taiwanese horror game Devotion mysteriously disappeared from Steam on Monday after Chinese nationalists review bombed the game on Steam. Previously, players found a joke comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh, which is a political meme censored in China.
The consumer protection agency is not yet commenting on whether it will pursue legal action.