In order to control video game addiction among children, Chinese regulators have announced new rules that limits minors from playing online games after a certain period of time.
According to the new rules, minors are banned from playing video games between 10pm and 8am. Additionally, minors will be limited to 90 minutes of online gaming session during weekdays and up to three hours on weekends and public holidays. Moreover, the government has introduced new spending limits on video game purchases. Depending on age, minors will have limit on their expenditure on video games. According to the new laws, 16 to 18-year-olds will have a spending limit of up to 400 yuan and younger player will have a spending limit of 200 yuan.
Apart from these rules, the government has introduced six new measures to implement the new rules. One of these rules require real-name registration that will require individuals to provide valid identity information in case they want to register for a game.
Additionally, video game publishers will also be required to supervise their players and in case they fail to do so, they will be given a time limit to make changes. Failure to meet these requirements will ultimately lead to a revoked license.
This isn’t the first time China introduced new rules to control people’s habits related to online gaming. Back in 2016, regulators in the country proposed several new changes to protect minors online which covered some of the new regulations. The country also forced Tencent to restrict minor’s playtime on Honor of Kings.
South Korea introduced similar rules few months earlier but ultimately decided to leave it up to parents to decide.