To fight “youth video game addiction”, China ordered its online gaming companies to further reduce the services they provide for minor aged gamers.
According to the official Xinhua, State-run press agency, young gamers are only permitted to spend an hour playing online games on Fridays, weekends, and holidays under the new law. Users under the age of 18 would be able to play games only from 8pm to 9pm local time on such days, according to the rules published by the National Press and Publication Administration.
Outside of those hours, online gaming companies would be prohibited from selling gaming services to minors in any manner, and they would have to guarantee that actual name verification procedures were in place, according to the regulator, who controls the country’s video game sector.
The new restrictions were created to “effectively protect the physical and mental health of minors,” according to the agency. It advised Chinese gaming firms to “always prioritize the social good and actively respond to society concerns,” according to the report.