E-sports, or video game tournaments, have become increasingly popular in China. At the same time, Chinese regulations governing the e-sports market are extraordinarily restrictive and serve as a barrier to foreign investors; forcing them to adopt creative solutions in order to reap the benefits of access to Chinese e-sport consumers.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What permits must e-sport game operators receive in order to operate in China?
What was the alleged motivation of the Chinese government behind its Regulation on Managing Video Sites?
How does the Chinese government intend to use the e-sports regulations to promote Chinese industry?


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