The Chinese government is limiting its minors to 3 hours of online gaming per week.
As per the report, the Chinese government made the decision due to concerns that gaming is a form of addiction. Plus, a broader crackdown on the country’s tech giants.
Under the new rule, Chinese minors that are 18 years old and below are only allowed to play one hour from 8 PM to 9 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and on public holidays.
That’s much tighter than the previous limit of 1 and a half hours on most days.
To implement this, gaming companies are required to restrict online gaming on days and hours outside of the mandated ones. They are also required to put up a real-name verification system so no one can just create a new account and gain more gaming hours.
Moreover, the government says they will also work with schools and parents to help fight gaming addiction.
This new restriction could be an answer to an article published by a Chinese state media a month ago, which claims that online games are “spiritual opium”.