China follows up its regulations restricting gaming times for minors by starting a platform for regulating violations.
Regulators in China have now set up a platform that will allow its citizens to report the gaming companies that they think are violating the restrictions that have been enforced by the government. The platform, set up by the National Press and Publication Administration of China, gives access to the public to police the gaming companies in the country.
It all started after a scathing article published by the Chinese state run Xinhua News Agency compared video gaming to “spiritual opium”. Following this, there was wide outrage amongst the public. Leaders in the video games industries and giants in the Chinese markets such as Tencent, NetEase and Bilibili faced the heat as their stock prices steadily plummeted.
Following the outrage, Tencent even restricted the gaming hours for minors that accessed their gaming services. A new mandate was passed by the Chinese government on August 30, 2021 stating that minors in China will be allowed access to video games for a maximum of three hours and only on the weekends and the holidays.
China Regulates And Limits Online Game Time For Minors: Reuters
The platform will allow any citizen having a valid Chinese ID Card will be able to report any incident of violations and furnish proof of it. This effectively gives the Chinese citizens to police the video games companies such as Tencent, NetEase and Bilibili, for any violations.
The mandate has limited gaming hours for minors to one hour between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM on holidays and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. A previous mandate had limited the timings to ninety minutes a day for most days. Parents of course welcomed this decision. They had also welcomed the previous mandate to restrict overnight gaming restrictions amongst the minors.
While there were websites in China that allowed citizens to report “illegal and harmful” activities online, this is the first time a site has been established for the specific purpose, such as this. What are your thoughts on the restrictions that are being imposed by the Government in China? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.