China will soon limit minors' online gaming to only three hours in a typical week in an effort to crack down on video game addiction among its youth, its government announced on Monday.
The new dictates forbid anyone under the age of 18 from playing video games at any time outside of 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Online games will also be required to connect through an "anti-addiction" system run by the government under the regulations that take effect Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported. Users must use their real names and government-issued documentation for identification on the sites.
Under the previous rules issued in 2019, the Chinese Communist Party prohibited kids from playing video games between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. during the week with a time limit of 90 minutes, allowing three hours on weekends. There are also restrictions on how much money youth are allowed to spend on in-game purchases.