China cuts the time minors can spend on online games

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To combat gaming addiction, users are restricted to playing games only from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on certain days

To combat gambling addiction, users are restricted to playing games only from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on certain days.

Chinese regulators on Monday slashed the time gamers under 18 can spend online gaming to one hour of play on Fridays, weekends and public holidays, in response to growing concern over gambling addiction, state media reported.

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The rules, issued by the National Press and Publication Administration, state that users under the age of 18 will only be able to play games from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time on those days, according to the agency. Xinhua press.

Online gambling companies will not be able to provide them with gambling services in any form outside these hours and will need to ensure they have real-name verification systems in place, the regulator said. , which oversees the country’s video game market.

Previously, China limited the total amount of time minors could access online games to three hours on holidays or one and a half hours on other days.

Crackdown on tech companies

The new rules come amid a sweeping crackdown by Beijing on Chinese tech giants, such as Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, that has unnerved investors, hammering Chinese stocks traded at home and abroad. .

The National Administration of Press and Publications also told Xinhua that it will increase the frequency and intensity of inspections of online gambling companies to ensure they put in place time limits and anti-gambling systems. addiction.

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