China Cuts Children's Online Gaming To One Hour

China Cuts Children's Online Gaming To One Hour

Andrew H. Sweet

The National Press and Publication Administration told state-run news agency Xinhua that game-playing would be only allowed between 8 pm to 9 pm.

It also instructed gaming companies to prevent children from playing outside these times. Earlier this month, a state media outlet branded online games "spiritual opium."

A month before the latest restrictions, an article published by the state-run Economic Information Daily claimed many teenagers had become addicted to online gaming, and it was harming them.

The article prompted significant falls in the value of shares in some of China's biggest online gaming firms. In July, Chinese gaming giant Tencent announced it was rolling out facial recognition to stop children from playing between 22:00 and 08:00.

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