China has gone even further in its battle against online gaming. This time, China has reduced the time under 18s can spend playing online games.
According to China, minors are now going to be allowed to play online games for only one hour on Fridays, weekends, and vacations. Before that, under 18s could get access to online games for one and a half hours on working days and three hours on weekends and vacations.
State-run press agency Xinhua (through The Guardian) reveals that the principles proclaimed via China’s national Press and Publication Administration, which indicates that now minors could play online games between 8 pm and 9 pm local time on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and vacations.
Moreover, Online gaming organizations are not going to be allowed from providing access apart from these days and hours. This clearly indicates that minors now will not have access to online games from Monday through Thursday excluding vacations.
Furthermore, it will be necessary for the gaming organizations to implement this rule by making sure they enforce real-name registrations and logins, according to the gaming legislator.
According to Xinhua, the National Press and Publication Administration further notified that online gaming companies would experience a rise in the severity and frequency of checkups and investigations to make sure that they are following the policies on time restrictions for under 18s. However, if the companies would fail to do these are going to face harsh penalties.
The Chinese government has long held low spirits in video games. Especially those of the online kinds. It was just a couple of weeks afterward that Xinhua classified these online video games as “electronic drugs.”
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