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Animal Crossing: New Horizons being pulled from grey market sites in China
Imported sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons have been banned in China, it has been reported.The instruction filtered through Alibaba's e-commerce platform Taobao to sellers yesterday (April 9th) and is expected to come into full effect today. According to screenshots posted online by Taobao sellers, the ban impacts not just the game but all merchandise and related hardware.

While no official word has been issued on why the ban has taken place, some have suspected that it's related to the fact that the game can be used to share materials online – such as political slogans – that are generally frowned upon by the Chinese government. The game's pattern editing mode permits players to create their own messages and slogans that can be viewed by other players all over the world.

Under Chinese law, video games can't contain anything that "threatens China's national unity, sovereignty, or territorial integrity". They can't harm "the nation's reputation, security or interests". They can't promote cults, or "superstitions". They can't "incite obscenity, drug use, violence or gambling" - although loot boxes are, of course, fine - and they can't include anything that "harms public ethics" or China's "culture and traditions". They also can't include any "other content" that might violate China's constitution or law, whatever that may be, and they have to be published in China by a Chinese company. If you are in need of Cheap Animal Crossing New Horizons Wood, come to z2u.com, where you can enjoy the cheapest price online and 3% off with a coupon code “Z2U”.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been regularly trending on social media since its release. As such, fans have been using Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Honk Kong protests from home. One notable example of the protests occurred when pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong created a "Free Hong Kong, revolution now" sign on his Animal Crossing: New Horizons island and shared it to Twitter. According to Reuters, this has led to Animal Crossing: New Horizons being pulled from grey market sites in China.

PingWest reports that demand for titles like Animal Crossing in China has caused sales of Switch hardware to skyrocket. New Horizons, like many Switch games, has a Chinese language option despite not being officially released in that territory as yet.It is not known if the game will actually come out in China following this ban, and if it does, it's highly likely that some of its features will be disabled to avoid players using it for online protests.