China restricts the amount of time minors can spend playing online games

Chinese regulators reduced the amount of time players under the age of 18 can spend on online games to an hour on Fridays, weekends, and holidays beginning Monday, August 30, in response to growing worry over gaming addiction, according to official media.

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According to the National Press and Publication Administration’s rules, users under the age of 18 will be able to play games only from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time on certain days.

Online gaming firms would be prohibited from selling gaming services to them in any manner outside of those hours, and they must verify they have actual name verification methods in place, according to the regulator in charge of the country’s video game sector.

Previously, China limited minors’ access to internet gaming to three hours on holidays and 1.5 hours on other days.

The new limits come amid Beijing’s comprehensive assault on China’s tech behemoths, such as Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, which has alarmed investors and hammered Chinese shares traded both at home and abroad.

The National Press and Publication Administration also told Xinhua that it will enhance the frequency and intensity of inspections of online gaming enterprises to guarantee time limitations and anti-addiction methods were in place.

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