Wednesday, 13 November, 2019


China imposes gaming curfew for minors

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Bennie Garza | 08 November, 2019, 09:52

These State Administration of Press and Publications (SAPP) guidelines also provide for limiting access to games from 8am to 10pm, with a maximum of one and a half hours per day (three hours on holiday) and 400 yuan (just over 50 euros) per month for online purchases.

In addition to time limitations, the guidelines dictate that there will also be a limitation on how much money players can transfer into online gaming marketplaces.

The directive also points out that individuals will be asked to create online gaming accounts that will help the government keep track of their gaming time.

China's new rules aimed at protecting video-game addicted minors poses another regulatory quagmire for Tencent Holdings, as the entertainment conglomerate continues to recover from last year's freeze on gaming approvals and its attempt to diversify businesses hits roadblocks.

A hashtag about the new rules was one of the most discussed on China's social media platform Weibo on Thursday with 210 million views. China is imposing curfews and regulations on video game playing minors.

In 2018, the government announced the establishment of a gaming regulator - in response to concerns about near-sightedness in children - to limit the number of new online games, restrict paying time and develop an age-restriction system.

Why Is China Introducing a Video Game Curfew?

The gaming group had already has launched a real-name identification system for "Honour of Kings" to enforce playtime restrictions on youths.

Companies that will fail to comply to these new implementations may face having their licenses revoked. Cases of adults and children alike who get sick due to playing too much on their phones and computers are getting more common, especially in China. Numerous biggest technology companies, including Tencent and NetEase, have already imposed limits on younger users. Top officials claim that video games have caused a drop in academic performance and an increase of nearsightedness in young gamers. China's proposed system would, for example, be unable to prevent minors from playing Super Mario Odyssey after 10 pm.

Commenting on the newest measures, the GAPP said it wanted to clean up China's internet space and "protect the physical and mental health of minors".

But current research suggesting that gaming addiction as a medical condition is rare.

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