China has banned children under the age of 18 from playing online video games for more than three hours a week.
Most of us couldn’t imagine our childhood without video games, but China seemingly can. Although we’ve probably spent one too many hours on our consoles or PCs, online games are a major source of fun with friends from afar – especially over the course of the pandemic.
But with rising concerns over gaming addiction among youths, China has decided to ban kids from playing video games for more than three hours a week. Minors will now only be permitted to play online games for an hour on Fridays, weekends, and holidays.
It’s not just any hour though. As per the rules published by the National Press and Publication Administration outline, kids will only be allowed to play between 8pm and 9pm local time.
This means online gaming companies operating in the country will be barred from providing any services to minors outside those hours and must have ‘real name verification systems’ in place.
More intense inspections will also take place to ensure firms are following the restrictions with time-limits and anti-addiction systems.
Minors were previously allowed three hours on a holiday and 1.5 hours on other days of the week.