Game Over: China Announces Online Gaming Curfew for Minors

By Urban Family, November 19, 2019

0 0

201711/originally-uf.jpg

This article originally appeared on our sister website, Urban Family Shanghai.


By Ryan Gandolfo

Ninety minutes... That’s the newly allotted time that minors have to play online games on weekdays after China announced a gaming curfew earlier this month.

Beijing’s guidelines will apply for all online gaming platforms operating in China, including the country’s biggest game providers – Tencent Games and Netease Games.

The new rules target gamers under 18 years old, restricting them from playing online games between 10pm and 8am. Minors will be allowed to play for up to 90 minutes on weekdays and no more than three hours on weekends.

In total, six measures were outlined that aim to deter kids from ‘over gaming,’ including authenticated registration for online gamers, time limits for online gaming as well as a limit on in-game purchases (depending on the minor’s age). Other regulations call for better supervision by regulatory bodies as well as families and schools.

computer-gaming.jpgImage via @趣味解颐/Weibo

China has ‘leveled up’ its regulations on the online gaming industry in recent years, releasing a scheme in 2018, drafted by eight government agencies, to control the amount of online video games in the hopes of reducing the rate of myopia among Chinese minors, according to Global Times. Chinese regulators also stopped approving new video game applications for nine months last year, adversely affecting the gaming industry.

Tencent Games, one of China’s biggest game developers, has done its fair share to combat gaming addiction among Chinese minors. In April, the company announced a pilot program called ‘16+’ which required users to provide their real name when signing in as well as limiting minors below 16 to a maximum of two hours of game time per day. Tencent Games also introduced a child lock feature that requires parents or guardians to give approval for kids to play online games on the company’s gaming platform.

In June, we asked Beijing residents for their thoughts on China’s video game craze, which is estimated to reach 354 million online gamers by 2023. A 21-year-old man surnamed Wang told That’s, “For people born after the ’90s, there is not much else to do,” while also noting the health and financial costs of playing too often. Liu, a 61-year-old Beijing resident told us,“The problems arise when there’s no control over how much they game. If they keep playing without limits then health problems can arise for sure.” 

READ MORE: Tencent Announces Strict Gaming Restrictions for Under 16s

[Cover image via Pexels]


This article was originally published by our sister magazine Urban Family Shanghai. For more articles like this, visit the Urban Family website, or follow the Urban Family WeChat account (ID: urbanfamilyshanghai).

more news

The Borderlands: Dispatches from the Edge of China

China’s borders tell stories of shared cultural practices, foodstuffs, history and – in more recent times – development.

South China Slaughterhouse Busted Butchering Sick Pigs

A Foshan slaughterhouse has been ordered to close down for rectification.

Boarding Trains in China Just Got a Lot Easier for Foreigners

Train stations across China are phasing out paper tickets. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how foreigners can navigate the e-ticket system.

Spreading Rumors Online in China May Get You Blacklisted

The draft looks to put restrictions on internet information service providers and users who publish content that is considered “contrary to social morality and business ethics.”

Online Foreign Teachers’ Personal Info to Be Made Public in China

Online classes will also be restricted to a maximum of 40 minutes for all subjects and students of any age.

Forever 21 Closes Online Stores in China. Could Physical Locations Be Next?

With news of their online stores closing, there is a lot of speculation about whether or not the company is planning to pull out of China completely.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.