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China cracks down on gaming amid fears of addiction

Curfews are in place for those under the age of 18, as well as spending limits for minors playing games.

Gaming addiction has become a big talking point in recent years, with the World Health Organisation igniting discussions with its classification of Gaming Disorder in particular, and now it turns out the Chinese government is cracking down on gaming.

The government in China has announced that a curfew is being put in place (as reported in English by CNN), and this applies to all gaming platforms. Those under 18 won't be able to play online games between 22:00 and 08:00, and on weekdays they can only play for 90 minutes, with this extending to three hours on weekends and public holidays.

On top of that, monetary restrictions have been put in place to curb spending as well, with those between the ages of eight and 16 only able to spend 200 yuan (around $29 USD) a month, increasing to 400 yuan ($57) for players between 16 and 18.

A spokesperson for the administration said to Xinhua News Agency that these rules are aimed at creating a "clear internet space" and "protecting the physical and mental health of minors,"

The government is also working with police to establish a registration system so companies can check players against the national database.

China has been in the news a fair bit recently, with Blizzard banning Hearthstone pro Ng 'Blitzchung' Wai Chung for comments regarding Hong Kong, causing a social media storm which resulted in YouTuber Felix 'Pewdiepie' Kjellberg being banned in China too.

What do you think of these new regulations?

China cracks down on gaming amid fears of addiction


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