Stepn to block mainland China users in compliance with regulators, SCMP says

Solana-based “move-to-earn” game Stepn will block users in mainland China as required by the authorities there, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday.

Stepn is an Australia-based company that offers a blockchain-based fitness app. It works by letting users buy NFTs that last for a certain amount of time. During this time, the user can exercise and earn the platform’s native GST tokens as rewards, The Block reported earlier this year.

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The company will begin “checking and clearing out” mainland China users and stop providing them GPS and IP geolocation services on July 15, it said Thursday on Twitter.

Co-founded by Jerry Huang and Yawn Rong, the game’s biggest markets include Japan and the US, and it now employs about 60 people, Rong told the SCMP.

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