From 8 in the morning to 9 in the evening, e only 1 hour a day on weekends (from Friday to Sunday). These are the limitations that the China announced that it will introduce for all minors in the country concerning the fight against video game addiction.
In China, minors will only be able to play video games 3 hours a week
As announced by the National Press and Publication Administration, the decision, which came after a debate that had ignited earlier this month, was made “For an effective prevention of the dependence of minors on online games” purpose, “To address the problem of excessive use by minors of online games”.
A problem, that of video game addiction, which the Chinese government had already tried to remedy in the past, regulating the sector with some rules that limited the use of video games to 1 hour and a half on weekdays; this limit then rose to 3 hours on holidays.
In the previous regulation, a spending limit was also inserted that minors could make for in-game purchases (a phenomenon that is always expanding rapidly in the West as well).
Evidently the crackdown was not enough.
How will the use of video games among minors be controlled?
But how will China limit the use of online video games to just 3 hours a week?
Apparently, every game that will be distributed on the territory will have to have an age verification system, which can therefore guarantee compliance with the new rule. It will therefore be the producers of the games who will have to check that those who connect to their games are a minor (who will in turn be obliged to provide real data such as name and surname), and check how long they are playing.
A real war against video game addiction, which China will carry out also with the press organs which, according to the press release, National Press and Publication Administration, will have to strengthen “Supervising and inspecting the implementation of relevant measures to prevent minors from engaging in online games and dealing with video game companies that have not implemented them strictly in accordance with laws and regulations”.
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