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State Regulators Limit Children’s Gaming Screen Time To 3 Hours In China

Chinese Regulators have limited children’s gaming screen time to 3 hours, this is according to a report from Reuters. The news agency has cited local authorities regarding the action.

China Restricts Online Gaming Play for Minors to One Hour on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays

These new rules come from the National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA), as they try to curb the online addictive gaming in china.

The New rules are applicable to children under the age of 18 and are effective 30th August 2021. This means children in china only have an hour of gaming on weekends and public holidays from 8 pm to 9 pm.

Reports from Reuter also mentions that those Chinese children now only have 3 hours of gaming time in a week. The gaming addiction was previously described by the Chinese government as “spiritual opium”.

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State authority is liaising with tech giants such as Tencent and NetEase to impose the gaming limit on their services. The gaming addiction for minors in china has worsened, this new move reduces the former limit of an hour and a half gaming to just one.

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State news agency quoted an NPPA spokesperson saying “Teenagers are the future of our motherland,”

“Protecting the physical and mental health of minors is related to the people’s vital interests, and relates to the cultivation of the younger generation in the era of national rejuvenation.”

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The latest crackdown by the Chinese government is severely hurting the lucrative gaming business in China. Reuters reported that Investment company Prosus with a 29% stake in Tencent lost about 1.45% after the news.

In other places, Gaming companies Ubisoft and Embracer Group were down over 2%, while NetEase stock in the United States fell over 6%. Despite all of these, Tencent for example is complying with the regulatory bodies. The company is limiting time and money spent on its addictive game “Honor of Kings.”



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