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Gaming Firms In China Vow To Practice Self Regulation Amidst Government Crackdown

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Gaming firms in China have now vowed to practice self-regulations amidst the government’s crackdown to put a curb on teenage addiction in the country.

Over 200 gaming companies in China have come forward and vowed to practice self-regulations to regulate their industry. According to a Chinese state backed gaming association, CGIGC, the industry is coming forward to find ways to curb the growing addiction for gaming amongst the country’s teen.

A statement has been published by the online game publishing regulator National Press and Publication (NPPA) affiliated CGIGC gaming association on its official WeChat account. This statement had been signed by a total of two hundred and thirteen companies that included companies such as Tencent and NetEase.

The government in China has continually been cracking down on the gaming companies since the state run Xinhua News Agency had published a scathing article comparing video games to “spiritual opium”. Reactions were immediate as companies such as Tencent, NetEase and Bilibili saw significant fall in their stock prices.

On August 30, 2021, the government passed a new mandate that restricted the gaming time for minors in China to a maximum of three hours a week and only between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM on holidays and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Following the passing of this mandate, it is being feared by the investors as well as the companies that this is just the beginning and more such actions against the industry could very well be in the works.

Why China Is Limiting Online Gaming Time For Minors: Reuters

The CGIGC said that it has pledged to crack down on content that distort history or promote “effeminate” behaviour and will also work to prevent breaches of these rules, such as the use of foreign gaming platforms”.

Amongst the measures taken such as players having to produce valid IDs to get access to the game, Tencent has in July launched a facial recognition feature that has been dubbed as “midnight patrol”. By switching this feature on, parents will be able to prevent their kids from switching on the game and getting access by using login IDs of adults to go around the curfew that has been set by the Chinese government.

While parents in China have lauded this move by the government, it still remains to be seen how effective the move will be. Experts have stated that while a ban will restrict the minors, it is highly likely that they might just find a way to get past the bans or find something else that is equally addictive.

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Source: Reuters

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