China to further limit video game playing time for children

China to further limit video game playing time for children

It’s about to get a lot harder for kids in China to get their video game fix. China’s National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA) announced today that kids will be forbidden from playing video games for more than three hours weekly. The new rules apply to anyone under 18 and aim to curb an epidemic of video game addiction.

According to the new rules, minors will be able to play games on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 8pm to 9pm. The only exception is public holidays, where gamers can play for an hour at the same time. Up until today, kids were allowed to play 90 minutes daily and up to three hours on holidays.

The new rules are applicable to consoles, computers, tablets, and phones. The NPPA plans on enforcing the new rule by inspecting online game companies and forcing them to implement anti-addiction systems and strict time limits.

This isn’t the first time China has imposed restrictions on playing games. The country instituted strict limits on games in 2019 when it introduced the Notice on Preventing Minors from Indulging in Online Games. That policy limited the amount of time and money players under 18 could spend on video games. The measure also required online game accounts to curb abuse through mandatory real name verification tools.

Chinese officials estimate that 62.5% of kids in China play online games, with 13.2% spending more than two hours daily playing mobile games.

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