China Introduces Video Gaming Curfew for Minors

by in General | Nov, 7th 2019

The Chinese government has today unveiled new plans to curb the time China youth spend gaming in the country as part of a full series of changes aimed at reducing video game addiction via a China video game curfew.

The new laws will set new time limits for gamers under the age of 18-years-old to only 90 minutes of play time per day on weekdays and three hours of play time per day on holidays and weekends, with a complete ban on play between 10 pm and 8 am local time.

The new legislation also limits how much underage gamers can spend on in-game purchases to $28 to $57 a month, depending on how old they are.

The move is set to thoroughly shake up both the general gaming scene as well as the esports industry in the country. Many Chinese players are getting involved with practice/academy clubs before going pro. They are now being forced only to get a match or two of practice a day. It will severely set back the development of young prospects.

Why Is China Introducing a Video Game Curfew?

The growth of gaming in China has caused officials to fear a growing trend of video game addiction in the East Asian country, with several stories popping up in recent years of gamers dying from forgetting to eat or sleep in sessions lasting a week or longer.

The state also fears that gaming is leading to poor academic performance and nearsightedness in its youth, leading the country to establish a gaming regulation body late last year to combat the problem.

Will It Change Anything?

Jake had a chance to talk with Chinese gaming scene expert Flora on how these new rules will impact young gamers in the country, and her response was surprisingly not worried.

According to Flora, the rules won’t have any impact on adult gamers in the country, while anyone who would be impacted is likely to get an older parent or friend of theirs to let them make an account with their ID, circumventing the rules.

The reaction from the general gaming community in the country has also been pretty relaxed as well, with many joking about how they won’t run into as many “noob pupils” as often in-game.

Whether or not the new rules truly make a difference or not, this is likely only the beginning of China’s attempts to control its societies gaming habits.


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