China has now gaming hours limited to three hours for children throughout the week. This is decision puts a ban on excessive gaming for children. This restriction is imposed on online gaming and not on sports.
Gaming Hours limited in China
Initially, the children of China had a restriction of playing online games for 1.5 hours per day. And they were allowed to play for 3 hours at weekends. This limit has been further reduced to three hours in the whole week by the government of China.
According to a notice from the National Press and Publication Administration, “Minors in China can only play games between 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays starting September 1.”
This new decision has reportedly affected the large companies that offered gaming solutions in the country. One of them was Tencent. Tencent had launched the game Honor of Kings online multiplayer which hugely suffered due to the gaming restriction. Other companies affected by the decision also include NetEase.
According to the rules, the minors can only play for two hours on holidays and one hour throughout the week on weekdays. These rules do not imply to majors or adult gamers who are above the age of 18 years. Many users put an outcry on the social media websites of China saying that they are too strict.
The stock price of Tencent closed down at 0.6% at 465.80 Hong Kong dollars on Monday. The companies’ market capitalization has also seen a decline in the charts.
The decision has been implemented for the betterment of the youth and to get over the addiction to online gaming. According to a report by Xinhua, “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.”
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