China has barred online gamers under the age of 18 from playing on weekdays and limited their play to just three hours most weekends. Starting this week, minors will be allowed only an hour of play time between 8 pm and 9 pm on Friday, weekends and public holidays. In 2019, earlier limits for children to play games were 90 minutes on weekdays and three hours on weekends. The 2019 measures also limited the monthly amount that minors could spend on microtransactions, with the maximum amount ranging from $28 to $57, depending on the child’s age.The new rules the rules were being issued at the beginning of the new [school] semester. There are over 110 million minors that play video games in China today. At a news conference Monday, a spokesperson for the NPPA said that the strict new curbs were in response to complaints from parents.
“Many parents said that teenagers’ addiction to online games seriously affected their studies, and physical and mental health, leading to a series of social problems, making many parents suffer,” the official Chinese news agency declared. A newspaper owned by Xinhua published a lengthy analysis that used terms such as “spiritual opium” and “electronic drug” to describe the harmful effects of gaming on children.The online games enterprises are also required to force people who play computer games to do so under their real names. Tencent and other companies have said children account for only a fraction of their businesses, especially after recent restrictions.No other country in the world are known to apply such restrictions even if experts all around warn about the danger to become game addicted.