Online gamers under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play for an hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays, China’s video game regulator has said.
According to the National Press and Publication Administration, game-playing will be prohibited between 8 and 9 PM.
The Gaming Companies were also directed to stop children from playing outdoors during these hours.
An earlier month, a state media outlet called online gaming “spiritual marijuana”.
Online gaming sites will be subject to increased inspections, in order to ensure that time limitations are met.
An earlier rule had restricted online gaming to children for 90 minutes per day. This was increased to 3 hours during holidays.
This is a response to a long-standing concern over the effects of gaming too much on children.
One month before the new restrictions were implemented, an article by the Economic Information Daily stated that many teens had developed an addiction to online gaming. This was causing a lot of problems for them.
This article caused significant drops in shares of some of China’s largest online gaming companies.
Tencent, a Chinese gaming company, announced in July that facial recognition was being implemented to prevent children from playing online between the hours of 22:00 and 08:00.
Fears that children might be using adult ID’s for illegal purposes led to the decision.
Publiated at Mon, 30 August 2021 12:10.07 +0000