A Hot Potato: China has taken another step in its war against online gaming by reducing the amount of time people under the age of 18 can spend in activities, just one hour on Fridays, weekends, and public holidays. Previously, children had access to online games for an hour and a half on weekdays and three hours on weekends.
The state-run Xinhua News Agency (via The Guardian) reports that rules announced by China's National Bureau of Press and Publications mean that only people under the age of 18 are now allowed to play games. • Connected to the Internet between 8 years. Afternoon and 9 p.m. local time on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Access to online game companies outside of these days and hours is prohibited, which means you won't be able to access Monday through Thursday except on holidays.
Game companies should implement this policy with confidence. The game organizer said that registration and login are real. Xinhua wrote that the National Press and Publications Bureau also warned that companies face increased inspections and checks to ensure they comply with child restraint laws. Any failure to do so will be severely punished. A few weeks ago, Xinhua News Agency called it "electronic medicine". The move caused Tencent and NetEase shares to plunge more than 10 percent, removing nearly $60 billion from their previous market value, which may explain why the government later said this was not an official position.
Minors in China can now play online for only one hour on Fridays, weekends and public holidays