(TheRedWire.com) – China is the largest gaming market in the world. So, it’s no surprise that the communist country also boasts some of the largest gaming companies. Tencent Games created some of the world’s most popular games, such as “League of Legends” and “Valorant.” It also owns a 40% stake in Epic Games, which created the highly played “Fortnite.” While the communist government loves the money coming from overseas game sales, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been shifting toward oppressive standards within its border. Communist officials recently announced they are increasing already tight restrictions on gamers under 18 years old.
China cuts video game time for kids to 3 hours each week https://t.co/WdDoHZ1SbA
— Business Insider Tech (@BITech) August 30, 2021
In 2019, the communist government imposed tight restrictions on how much time gamers under 18 could spend playing games. The government instituted the “Notice on Preventing Minors from Indulging in Online Games” policy, limiting playing time to 90 minutes per day. Additionally, regulators required gaming companies to create real-name verification tools. Now, the government is imposing even harsher measures.
Kids can only play games for one hour daily on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8 pm to 9 pm. The Chinese say they’ve designed the rules to prevent kids from becoming addicted to gaming. Officials cite a 2018 World Health Organization (WHO) news release detailing a condition called gaming disorder. To support their heavy-handed standards, PRC officials claim kids who play video games obsessively experience a decline in social function.
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