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China limits mobile gaming time to three hours for minors: Report | World News

  • The National Press and Public Administration mentioned that youngsters can play video games between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays and weekends and on public holidays.

Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2021 10:20 PM IST

The Chinese authorities on Tuesday introduced a algorithm the place it cracked down on youngsters’s mobile gaming time because it continues to exert its management over the nation’s expertise sector. The new rule states that minors in China will probably be allowed to play video games on their cellphone for solely three hours per week beginning September 1.

The National Press and Public Administration mentioned that youngsters can play video games between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays and weekends and on public holidays. The new rule decreases the gaming time for youngsters to three hours on most weeks of the year. Earlier, the Chinese authorities allowed minors to spend 90 minutes per day and three hours per week on mobile gaming.

The Chinese authorities additionally mentioned that it might improve the frequency of inspections of on-line sport corporations to be sure that these expertise sector giants adhere to the laws.

China’s tech corporations affected by new rule

Gaming big Tencent in addition to NetEase have been affected by the brand new laws. Tencent, recognized for its Honor of Kings on-line multiplayer sport globally, noticed its stock worth shut down 0.6% at 465.80 Hong Kong {dollars} on Monday forward of the regulator’s announcement.

Tencent’s market capitalization of $573 billion is down greater than $300 billion from its February peak, in accordance to a report by information company Associated Press. The decline is equal to greater than the overall worth of Nike Inc and Pfizer Inc.

The Chinese authorities is imposing these restrictions on gaming in a bid to management expertise corporations who they consider ‘may have an outsized influence on society’. Tencent earlier mentioned it might restrict gaming time for youngsters to 60 minutes to an hour per day and to two hours throughout holidays. The company additionally banned youngsters beneath the age of 12 from making in-game purchases.

(with inputs from Associated Press)

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