Kids and Teens in China Banned From Playing Online Video Games for More Than 3 Hours Per Week

China is implementing a new online gaming restriction that will affect children and teenagers who are under 18 years old, reports CNBC. Kids will only be able to play online games for an hour a day (8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) on weekends and legal holidays. Weekday gaming is prohibited.

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Companies that provide online game services to minors will need to comply with these rules and will not be able to offer the games to children outside of those hours. Gaming providers will also be required to have users register with their real names and users will need to be logged in to play. Gaming companies are responsible for ensuring minors are not accessing games outside of the permitted time.

The new rules are meant to safeguard children's physical and mental health, and the National Press and Public Administration said that the guidelines address "the problem of minors' excessive use" of online gaming. China previously had a restriction that limited gameplay to 1.5 hours per day, but gaming was allowed on most days.

Tencent, a major gaming provider in China, said that only a small amount of its gaming revenue comes from younger players. The company plans to implement the new requirements, and earlier today, expressed support for the rules.

It's not clear how these new rules will affect games that operate using the App Store. Apple Arcade is not a factor as it is not offered in China, but there are ‌App Store‌ games that require an online connection.

China in 2016 began requiring mobile gaming developers to officially license their games with the government, and in 2020, pressured Apple to remove ‌App Store‌ games from developers that did not comply. Apple has since pulled tens of thousands of games from the ‌App Store‌ in China.

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Top Rated Comments

aevan Avatar
21 weeks ago
I’m shocked at the comments supporting this. May your wishes come true and you get to live in a country like China. You’ll love it. I just hope you don’t drag the rest of us.
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tyranne201 Avatar
21 weeks ago
That's really bad and stupid. Games are not only entertainment. There are educational games too. Simplistic view from a totalitarian government.
Score: 43 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
21 weeks ago

I’m shocked at the comments supporting this. May your wishes come true and you get to live in a country like China. You’ll love it. I just hope you don’t drag the rest of us.
Seriously, wtf is this comment section? You guys really would prefer the government to do your parenting for you? ?
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aevan Avatar
21 weeks ago

They should do that here.
No, no they shouldn’t. It’s none of government’s business how my kids spend their time. It’s horrible.

It’s not a new concept, actually it’s quite old, dating in various forms all the way to Ancient Greece. It’s called “democracy”. Look it up.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jk73 Avatar
21 weeks ago
Any halfway decent parent would already do this on their own, but those are obviously in very short supply these days. Easier to park kids on the couch.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dapa0s Avatar
21 weeks ago

They should do that here.
I think a lot of nerds tend to be commies because they don't really understand human beings. Feel free to move to a commie country though.

Oh, wait, no! People vote with their feet and only move to the West, nvm ?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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