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Virtual Legality Episode 28

Winnie the Pooh, Red Candles, and Steam's Devotion to China

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First review-bombed and then removed, Red Candle Games' "Devotion" is the latest (but surely not the last) flash-point in the discussion around just what it means to sell video games into the Chinese market.

What happened here, and why did it result in the games' removal?

What can we take from this story for other game developers seeking sale in China?

And perhaps most importantly (at least to Valve), how does this (and stories like this) impact efforts to get the official Steam China storefront off the ground?

#Devotion #China #VirtualLegality


Discussed in this episode:

"Chinese users review-bomb Steam horror hit Devotion over Xi Jinping Winnie the Pooh meme reference"
Eurogamer, February 23, 2019
(https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-02-23-chinese-users-review-bomb-steam-horror-hit-devotion-over-xi-jinping-winnie-the-pooh-moron-meme)

"Horror game Devotion pulled from Steam amid controversial joke about Chinese President Xi Jinping"
GameDailyBiz, February 25, 2019
(https://gamedaily.biz/article/626/horror-game-devotion-pulled-from-steam-amid-controversial-joke-about-chinese-president-xi-jinping)

"Official Statement Regarding Devotion Current State"
February 25, 2019
(https://steamcommunity.com/games/1006510/announcements/detail/1769256475103741408)

Robert Yang Tweets
(https://twitter.com/radiatoryang/status/1099396889135468552)

"Valve gets closer to officially launching Steam in China"
November 29, 2018
(https://www.vg247.com/2018/11/29/steam-china-valve-perfect-world-shanghai-government-approval/)


PODCAST VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT

Spotify: (https://open.spotify.com/show/3qsDhQ7h6BR2wLyNQYDWB4)

iTunes:
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/virtual-legality/id1448785539?mt=2)

SoundCloud:
(https://soundcloud.com/user-510342404)

Google Play Music:
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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

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