The government of China announced on Monday that It will limit the access of minors to online video games to about 3 hours a week to prevent them from “surrendering” to them.
In a statement, the National Press and Publications Administration – the regulatory body for print and digital publications – specifies that companies that provide video games on the internet may only allow minors to access. between 20 and 21 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
This limitation to three hours a week may increase during national holidays, days in which minors can play an additional hour online at the same time.
The document prohibits online video game companies from providing such services “in any form during other hours,” and directly states that they must prevent any access to users who have not registered by verifying their real identity.
The objective is “effectively protect mental and physical health” and the “healthy growth” of minors, something for which the institution also demands the “active” participation of families, schools and other social actors.
The measure represents another step in the campaign to restrict the use of online video games for minors in China, whose government already limited it in 2019 to 90 minutes a day between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. raising it to three hours on vacation days.
Beijing has put online gaming back in its sights in recent weeks, as companies in the sector crashed on the stock market earlier this month after a official media described them as “spiritual opium” and “electronic drug”.
Criticism from the government or state media dates back to the beginning of the century, when the authorities banned the import of consoles, a veto that was maintained until 2014, due to its “negative influence” on young people.
With information from EFE.