China imposes online gaming restrictions on minors
By Aron Gerencser August 31, 2021
New laws passed by regulators in China have now further restricted the amount of time that minors can play online video games.
A state media article calling the activity "spiritual opium".
Considering the impact of the Chinese market on the gaming industry in recent years, the repercussions will be felt by companies globally.
The Chinese state media announced the new regulations on Monday.
Minors can now spend 1 hour on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays playing online.
The law affects all minors, and companies like Tencent and NetEase are being forced to implement verification systems to uphold it.
This includes real-name verification for all players, and additional layers of security.
Minors can only game between 20:00 and 21:00.
Meanwhile, Chinese media corporations like Tencent have been aggressively ramping up foreign investment.
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