(BEIJING) National Press & Publication Administration Report: Chinese regulators have slashed the amount of time players below the age of 18 can spend on online games with new restrictions #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.31: The rules, published by the National Press and Publication Administration, said users under the age of 18 would be able to play games only from 8:00pm to 9:00pm on those three days of the week……

#AceDailyNews says that Beijing places new restrictions on under-age gamers as part of crackdown on Chinese tech giants under tough new rules, teenagers and children will be restricted to just one hour of gameplay on Fridays, weekends and holidays: The measures come in response to growing concerns over gaming addiction, according to China’s Xinhua news agency

https://china-underground.com/2021/08/30/china-childrens-online-gaming/

Online gaming companies will be barred from providing gaming services to younger users, in any form, outside those hours.

Companies will be forced to ensure they have put real-name verification systems in place, said the regulator, which oversees the country’s video games market.

Previously, China limited the amount of time minors could access online games to three hours on holidays, or 1.5 hours on other days.

Jack Ma in a suit smiles and waves
Tech companies, like Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group, are coming under increasing scrutiny from the Chinese government.(Reuters: Charles Platiau)

The new rules come amid a broad crackdown by Beijing on China’s tech giants, such as Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings.

The abrupt changes have unnerved investors, hammering Chinese shares traded at home and abroad.

The National Press and Publication Administration also told Xinhua it planned to increase the frequency and intensity of inspections for online gaming companies.

This would ensure they were putting in place time limits and anti-addiction systems, the regulator said.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.31: 2021:

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