To combat gambling addiction, users are restricted to playing games only from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on certain days
Chinese regulators on Monday reduced the time gamers under the age of 18 can spend playing online games to one hour of gaming on Fridays, weekends and holidays, in response to growing concerns over gambling addiction, said. state media reported.
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The rules, issued by the National Administration of Press and Publications, say that users under the age of 18 will only be able to play games from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time on those days, according to the Xinhua News Agency. .
Online gaming companies will not be allowed to provide them with gaming services in any form outside of these hours and must ensure that they have real name verification systems in place, said the regulator, which oversees the country’s video game market.
Previously, China limited the total amount of time minors could access online games to three hours on holidays or one and a half hours on other days.
Crackdown on tech companies
The new rules come amid Beijing’s widespread crackdown on Chinese tech giants, such as Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, which has pissed off investors, hammering Chinese stocks traded at home and abroad.
The National Press and Publications Administration also told Xinhua that it would increase the frequency and intensity of inspections of online gaming companies to ensure that they put in place deadlines and anti- addiction.