Underaged gamers will now have these restrictions

China is banning people under 18 years from playing online games after 10 pm. The country’s General Administration of Press and Publication recently issued a notice containing a total of six guidelines. Titled, “Notice on Preventing Minors from Indulging in Online Games,” the notice says that minors will be banned from playing between 10 pm and 8 am and cannot play for more than 90 minutes on weekdays. The gaming limit has been relaxed for weekends and holidays, being stretched to 180 minutes.
There is more. There is now a cap on the total money the kids can spend on in-game purchases. Those between the age of 8 and 16 can shell out a maximum of 200 yuan (about $29) per month, while those in the age group of 16-18 years can spend a maximum of 400 yuan.

There is more still. All players need to make their online gaming accounts using their real names with valid identification. This set of rules will apply to all the online gaming companies and platforms active in China, as per CNN.

There is no denying the adverse effects video gaming could have on one’s health if done in excess. And there has been a spurt in cases related to addictive gaming behaviour amongst young people, especially since mobile gaming became popular. Games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite and Call of Duty: Mobile are free to play, you just need an active internet connection and they have been optimised for mobile devices also, which makes them convenient to play on mobile data. As such, mobile gaming is reaching more number of people by the day.

When video gaming addiction cases in teens started appearing ever since mobile gaming became popular, there was much hue and cry raised by the parents across India and other countries. An Indian minister referred to PUBG Mobile as “a demon”. Some even went to the extent of calling Fortnite “like cocaine” after their kids developed addictive behaviour that harmed their health.

China seems to be under the wave of large scale gaming addiction, especially in kids and teenagers. Major game developer and publisher Tencent Games, the company behind games like PUBG, PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, Arena of Valor etc. is China-based only. It is said to be the biggest gaming company in the world with stakes in video game companies like Riot Games, Epic Games, Activision Blizzard, Bluehole, Ubisoft etc.