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China imposes gaming curfew and spending limits for minors

The Chinese Government announced a curfew on online gaming for minors and imposed spending limits.

Gamers under 18 will be banned from playing online between 22:00 and 08:00. They will also be restricted to 90 minutes of gaming on weekdays and three hours on weekends and holidays.

The official government guidelines included spending limits for minors.

Gamers eight to 16 years old can spend up to 200 yuan (£22, $29) per month, while those between 16 and 18 years can spend up to 400 yuan on their gaming accounts.

This is China’s latest move to curb video game addiction, which officials say is damaging to children’s health.

In 2018, the government announced the establishment of a gaming regulator – in response to concerns about nearsightedness in children, restrict paying time and develop an age-restriction system.

China also enacted a halt on approvals for new video games, which lasted nine months.

China is the second-largest gaming market in the world, with US global revenue surpassing China for the first time this year due to China’s increased regulations on the industry.

Tencent, one of the world’s largest gaming company limited game time to one hour per day for users under 12 and to two hours per day for users between 12 and 18. They also started requiring users to prove their age and identity against available state records.

Last year, the World Health Organization listed gaming addiction as a mental health condition for the first time.