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China cuts minors' time on online games to 3 hours a week, only on Friday and weekend

2021/8/31 14:47:20   source:CGTN

China on Monday stepped further to prevent gaming addiction among minors by slashing the time they can spend on online games to only three hours a week.

Users under the age of 18 can only play online games from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and official holidays, according to a document released by China's National Press and Publication Administration.

Real-name registration and logins will be strictly implemented, said the notice, adding companies cannot offer games to users who failed the identification process.

China has tightened control on online games for minors in recent years. In 2019, the country shortened the time spending limitations for minors to 1.5 hours a day and three hours on holiday.

Nearly a month ago, Xinhua-affiliated Economic Information Daily labeled online games as "spiritual opium," which harms China's teenagers.

Tech giant Tencent, labeled as one of the troublemakers in the article, soon vowed to push for stricter curbs on teenagers' access to its flagship mobile game, "Honor of Kings."

Tencent said it would start with "Honor of Kings" to reduce teenagers' time in playing video games and ban children under 12 from spending money on the games. 

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