Chinese gamers can finally play the world’s most popular shooting game – TEN YEARS after it was first released in the West.
Notoriously strict Chinese censors have finally relaxed their rules governing foreign computer games, allowing the ultra-popular Call of Duty to go on sale for the first time.
Call of Duty: Online is a stripped-back version of the 2008 game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which contains just the popular multiplayer content.
China banned all gaming consoles in 2000, meaning that despite the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 being manufactured there, gamers are forced to play games on PCs.
Publisher Activision have cleverly bypassed the ban on foreign games by teaming up with Chinese internet gaming giant Tencent, by making a dedicated server that only operates inside the ‘Great Firewall of China.’
A gaming industry insider said: “It certainly is another step in the westernisation of China.
“Once the Chinese Government repeals the ban on consoles, the demand for games by British and American designers will soar.”
The phenomenally successful Call of Duty series has sold more than 120 million copies, and is currently on its ninth instalment, Call of Duty: Black Ops II.