China Limits Amount of Time for Minors Playing Online Games

Chinese Government Slashes Amount of Time for Minors Playing Online Games

China has set a limit on the amount of time minors can spend in playing online games due to increasing cases of game addiction.

The Chinese government has reduced the amount of time players under the age of 18 can play online games. The ruling has been issued by the National Press and Publication Administration to address the issue regarding addiction to online games.

The National Press and Publication Administration said that the minors are only allowed to play games from 8:00 – 9:00 pm. The players could also freely play during Fridays, weekends and holidays.


Online gaming companies would be ban from providing gaming services outside those time period. The regulator also explained that the firms must have put real name verification systems.

A few months ago, China has already slashed the total length of time minors could play online games down to three hours during holidays and 1.5 hours on regular days. The government aims to address the gaming addiction issues among teens.

The new measures came after Beijing launched the crackdown against China’s tech giants including Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings. The ruling would lead to stricter intensity of inspections for online gaming companies.

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The agency said that they just wanted to ensure that the gaming firms are setting time limits for users and anti-addiction systems.

The Filipino people also expressed their reactions to China’s new rules at online gaming:

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