According to reports, the Chinese government is testing a new website that invites the public to denounce gaming firms that do not comply with the country’s new video games rules. Residents of China with a valid ID and phone number will be able to report gaming firms that do not apply three-hour weekly time limitations for gamers under the age of 18, real-name registration, or spending limits on games.
It would compel gaming businesses to impose a one-hour gaming limit between 8 and 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It may result in gaming businesses like Tencent falling foul of the Communist Party, which last week decided to put an end to the licensing procedure for new video games in China indefinitely to combat gaming addiction among children under the age of 18.
This follows a decision to prohibit minors under 18 from spending more than three hours a week playing internet games. The new restrictions also prohibit 16-18-year-old players from spending more than 400 yuan (about £44) each month on online gaming. Gaming firms are already required to assist in the censorship of information that authorities believe to be of the ‘wrong set of values,’ such as ‘homosexual love’ and ‘worshipping money.’
“No enterprise, no sport, can be permitted to flourish in a way that would kill a generation,” the state-backed daily Economic Information Daily stated after the ban was approved.
In March, President Xi Jinping stated that young videogame addiction is a social problem that must be addressed.
With over 665 million gamers contributing to a billion-dollar industry, China boasts the world’s largest videogame market. Competitive gaming is slated to be one of the official activities at the 2022 Asian Games next year. Gaming addiction among children and teenagers. On the other hand, is a serious issue, with some players spending up to eight hours per day on games like Honor of Kings and Clash of Clans.
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