China bans online games for young players throughout the week, except
China bans online games for young players under the age of 18
At the beginning of this month, we reported to you about the decline in the value of Tencent’s stock after the Chinese media compared games to drug addiction, which resulted in the company imposing more stringent restrictions on young players, and the past few weeks witnessed an evolution of the situation in China, which caused the imposition of laws A new ban bans minors from playing video games for more than three hours a week.
Reports in the Chinese media indicate that minors are banned from playing video games for more than three hours a week, while young people are completely banned from Monday to Thursday, and this decision applies to all video games, but it primarily targets online games and services Online games related.
The regulator that oversees the video game market in China explained in an official statement:
Game companies will be prohibited from providing services to minors in any way outside the stipulated hours and should ensure that they have put in place systems to verify the real names of players.
Previously, China had limited the amount of time under-18s can play video games to 1.5 hours on any day and three hours on holidays under a 2019 law, and people under 18 are said to be allowed Playing video games only from 8pm to 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Young people are reportedly banned from playing games at any time from Monday to Thursday every week under the new laws that apply to all devices, including smartphones, and the reason is to “protect the physical and mental health of minors”.
It seems that the new laws are related to recent reports that the Chinese giant Tencent is about to acquire another Japanese studio in the framework of the expansion of Chinese companies in the market of platform and PC games.