China has put in place a new policy that limits online video game playing for young people to three hours a week. The new rules restrict online gaming for those under age 18 to one hour in the evening on Fridays, weekends and public holidays. The restrictions took effect on Wednesday.
Are video games restricted in China?
Online gaming in the country is now only available to people younger than 18 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The decree is supported by an “anti-addiction” registry.
Does China limit video game time?
China has set new rules limiting the amount of time children can play online games. The restrictions limit children to just three hours of online game playing a week. That is one hour between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday most weeks. Li Zhanguo has two children ages 4 and 8.
Why were video games banned in China?
China banned the sale of video game consoles like Sonys PlayStation and Microsofts Xbox from 2000 until 2015 due to fears that gaming would be a negative influence for children. The ban coincided with a boom in smartphone use in China and the rise of Internet giants like Tencent and Alibaba.