China slashes kids' gaming to just three hours per week

China will forbid minors from gaming more than three hours most weeks of the year, imposing their strictest controls yet over entertainment for youths in a blow to the world’s largest mobile gaming arena.

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Gaming platforms from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to NetEase Inc. can henceforth only offer online gaming to minors from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and public holidays, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing a notice by the National Press and Publication Administration. The new rules, which limit teen playing time to three hours most weeks of the year, is a major step-up from a previous restriction set in 2019 of 1.5 hours per day, most days…

Other key points in the new rules include:

All online games should be linked to a state anti-addiction system, and companies can’t provide services to users without real-name registrationsRegulators will ratchet up checks over how gaming firms carry out restrictions on things like playing time and in-game purchasesRegulators will work with parents, schools and other members of the society to combat youth gaming addiction

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