Chinese minors can spend up to an hour on online games, under new rules

| Update:
Aug 31, 2021 11:21:49

Chinese nationals under the age of 18 can spend a maximum of one hour playing online games on Fridays, weekends and holidays.

In response to growing concern over gambling addiction, Chinese regulators slashed the length of online games on Monday.

The rules, published by the National Press and Publishing Administration of China, say that users under the age of 18 will only be able to play games from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time on those days, reports. Reuters quoting 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 time that minors could access online games to three hours on a public holiday or one and a half hours on other days.

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 Publication Administration has also said it will increase the frequency and intensity of inspections of online gaming companies to ensure they are putting in place time limits and anti-addiction systems.

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