In view of the increasing addiction and ill effects of gaming among children, China has decided to tighten the rules of online gaming. Under the new rules, children below the age of 18 will not be allowed to play online games for more than three hours a week. Games will be completely banned during school days. Even on weekends and holidays, children will not be able to play more than an hour of games.
Rules have been issued regarding this on Monday. These will come into effect from 1 September. According to the National Press and Publication Trust of China, online gaming was allowed for one and a half hours on normal days and up to three hours every day on weekends according to the old rules. But the parents complained that the rules were too liberal and not strictly enforced. The new rules only allow play on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 9 pm.
Gaming addiction affecting the Education
The government is also strengthening the monitoring mechanism to ensure that gaming companies are properly implementing the ban. In this online question and answer, many parents said that gaming addiction is seriously affecting the education, life as well as mental and physical health of adolescents. According to Chinese government statistics, 62% of the country’s minors play online games.
At the same time, 13.2% of mobile game users spend an average of more than two hours a day gaming. The report released by the Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center said that they were receiving complaints that children were looking for new ways to increase the limit for gaming. Parents said that after the addiction to gaming, changes were also visible in the temperament and personality of the adolescents. Therefore, there was pressure on the government to take a tough stand.
China important for game developers, 4.27 lakh crore online gaming industry
This strictness is being considered a big blow to the global gaming market. Millions of young people are involved in online gaming in China, and game developers consider China an important market. According to Statista, China’s online gaming industry is worth about Rs 4.27 lakh crore. Earnings estimated 3.33 lakh crore from this in 2021. But after the strictness of the government, the companies have changed their strategy. Registration with ID is necessary for gaming so that the correct age is known. At the same time, the government has already cracked down on companies like Alibaba Group and Tencent.
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