China: Children were banned from playing online games for more than three hours a week

In China, new restrictions are introduced today for minors: they will be able to play online games for no more than three hours a week. This is reported by Bloomberg with reference to the official news agency of the government of the People's Republic of China "Xinghua".

The new rules are being introduced in response to growing concerns about gambling addiction in the country. As a result, Chinese gaming platforms like Tencent and NetEase should limit online gaming for minors to three hours a week. Children under the age of 18 will now be able to play for one hour, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They will also be able to play online for one hour on holidays. According to Reuters, the respective gaming services should restrict online gaming during non-business hours, as well as have a valid user verification system in place to ensure compliance with the new rules.

Recall that in China before that there were restrictions on online games for children, but they were less stringent: it was allowed to play 1.5 hours on weekdays and 3 hours on weekends and holidays.

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