Almost every hour of the week, online gaming companies are prohibited from providing services under the age of 18. While some news reports indicate that the ban applies to all video games, enforcement actions from the National Press and Publications Office (NPPA) primarily target online games and online gaming-related services.
People under 18 are said to be able to play video games only from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays - young children up to three hours most weeks are restricted and do not allow them to choose That is, three hours. Under the new rules, which apply to all devices, including phones, young people are reportedly banned from playing every day from Monday to Thursday. Child health ... and it is related to the upbringing of the younger generation in the era of the national renaissance. "
Facial recognition and other technologies can be used to prevent underage games." "Tencent Holdings uses ... a combination of technologies, automatically booting players after a certain amount of time," wrote The Wall Street Journal..
Bloomberg writes that the changes announced today also require online gaming to be linked to an addictive system. governmental.
Chinese government calls gaming 'social ills'
Chinese government considers video game addiction "responsible for many social ills, including distraction "Young people's school and family responsibilities". A state-run media described online gaming as "the opiate of the mind" this month, and Chinese leader Xi Jinping has warned in recent months about the dangers of gambling addiction among young people, and statements that put more pressure on authorities have entered. It was mentioned in this article.
While new regulations in China severely hurt young gamers and gaming companies, some people expect to be able to break the age rule. On Weibo, "People have expressed doubts about the restrictions. They only use their parents' login, how can they control it?" Someone asked, “According to Reuters.
The Chinese government has a long history of restricting the video game industry, it banned most gaming consoles in 2000, and eventually lifted the restrictions in 2015 which were scrapped.
China bans online games for children except from 8 pm to 9 pm from Friday to Sunday
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