If you follow the free-to-play MMO games scene, both on PC and Mobile, then you’re probably no stranger to the fact that there are plenty of unlicensed games earning serious money thanks to the use of popular Japanese manga IPs such as Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball and Bleach. It looks like the Chinese government is finally going to do something about it (thanks MMOCulture) thus leaving the proper rights owners to make the games. Tencent, for example, has acquired the rights to Naruto in 2013 and already released the official Naruto Online MMO game in China, with more games certainly to come.
This is good news for players who want official, high quality MMORPGs based on their favorite mangas, instead of the browser-based copycat games that they usually get. Let’s wait and see just how efficient the Chinese authorities are in this matter.