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China imposes gaming curfew for minors to curb video game addiction

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By Gabriela Baron

China announced that they will implement a curfew on online gaming for minors to curb video game addiction.

With that, underage gamers will now be banned from playing online games between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. and will only be restricted to 90 minutes on weekdays and up to three hours per day on weekends and holidays.

A  man plays a computer game at an internet cafe in Beijing, China (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/FILE/MANILA BULLETIN)

A man plays a computer game at an internet cafe in Beijing, China (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/FILE/MANILA BULLETIN)

According to China’s General Administration of Press and Publication, the regulations also placed a limit on the online spending of minors in the games.

Gamers aged between eight and 16 years old can only spend 200 Chinese yuan (P1,451) per month. The maximum amount for those between 16 and 18 will be 400 Chinese yuan (P2,901).

The government would also require all gamers to use their real names to register with supporting details such as their WeChat account, phone number, or ID number to sign up.

The rules were aimed at “protecting the physical and mental health of minors” and to create a “clear internet space”, added the National Press and Publication Administration.

In 2018, China announced that they would limit the new releases of games in the country to “reduce nearsightedness in children and adolescents.”

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