A mobile game has hit the Chinese market, with the Chinese government allowing the game’s developers to charge a subscription fee to play, even after the game has been free for more than a month.
The game, called ‘Kokubai’, will go live on the app store on Tuesday.
It will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.’
We will charge a monthly subscription fee for the app’s full duration, as long as it is not in a free-to-play mode,’ said Wu Yibo, a developer at Kongzong Interactive.’
But the subscription will be waived if the app is played in a premium mode, or if the game is not downloaded in the app stores.’
Wu said he hoped the move would help encourage more developers to release games for free.
The decision is a welcome development for mobile gaming.
China is home to some of the world’s most popular games and apps, with some hitting over $2 billion in sales a year.
But in recent years, the country has been cracking down on its homegrown gaming industry, with several large games shutting down their doors in the last few months.