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China Restricts Video Games Playing Time for Minors To 3 Hours Every Week

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Minors in China will now be restricted to playing video games for three hours a week. This comes after the Chinese state run news agency Xinhua News Agency published a scathing report on the various ill-effects of prolonged exposure to video games, especially for minors.

Following the publishing of the report where they liked video games to “spiritual opium”, giants in the video game industry in China faced severe backlash. This even led to a major fall in the stock prices of companies such as Tencent, Bilibili and NetEase.

A new mandate was finally passed on August 30, 2021, that will restrict the time that the Chinese minors will have access to online video games. The mandate states that minors will be allowed access to the games for a total of three hours during a week.

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This ban that has been issued by China’s National Press and Publication Administration (NAAP) states that the minors will only have access to the online video games only on official holidays and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for an hour only, from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

The ban also strictly requires the online video game providers to ensure that they implement registration of real names and logins of their users. This is being done to ensure that any minor should not be allowed to play these games if they fail to provide their real names and other login credentials.

Prior to this ban, Tencent had already introduced measures to ensure that minors are not able to access its game Honour of Kings for more than an hour on weekdays and two on weekends and holidays.

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Source: Xinhua News Agency

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