China fights video game addiction and provokes teenage discontent

Tencent company, the leading company in the Chinese market, imposed new restrictions on its popular game "Honor of Kings", and limited the duration of play to two hours for people under the age of 18.

The Russia Today website said in a new report, the restrictions came against the background of some children who sometimes spend a whole day stuck to their screens, a phenomenon that has long been criticized in China for its negative consequences, including poor eyesight, declining academic results, lack of physical activity and the risk of addiction.

And in an indication of the weight of video games in this giant country of 1.4 billion people, companies operating in the sector generated revenues of nearly $ 20 billion in the first half of 2021 alone.

The rules adopted in China originally forbid minors to play online between 10 pm and 8 am.

An article published by an official economic newspaper in early August indicated that video games have become opium for minds, and the sector has begun to fear a new tightening of restrictions imposed by the authorities, which will follow that targeting companies operating in the digital sector.”

Fearing the coming headwinds, stock market investors disposed of the shares of the giant companies in the sector, including "Tencent", "NetEase" and "Bilibelly", which caused their value to decline.

The article in particular criticized Tencent and its famous game "Honor of Kings - Honor of the King", which has achieved great success in China with more than 100 million daily active users.

The group, which previously imposed restrictions on playing time in adopting facial recognition technology to prevent people under the age of 18 from playing at night, has tightened the rules further, and from now on, minors will be able to play for only one hour per day during school time and for two hours During the holidays the only game concerned with these measures at the moment.

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