China wants to introduce "curfews" for teenage players

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The world's second largest video game market may soon lose a lot. The Chinese government is working on a law that would impose very large limits on electronic games for underage players. Time and money spent on games are to be limited.

Less than two decades ago, China recognized that games can be addictive and then banned the sale of certain games and consoles. Ultimately, this law was abolished, but the authorities are again considering restrictive limits. This time they will be aimed at minors, i.e. those who are under 18 years of age. According to the law the Chinese government is working on, teenagers will not be able to play between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM. On weekdays, gaming is to be limited to 90 minutes, and on weekends and holidays to 3 hours a day.

The authorities will also "watch" over the portfolio of their young citizens. A player between the ages of 8 and 16 will be able to spend a maximum of 200 yuan per month on games (around PLN 110). Older players aged 16 to 18 will be able to spend twice as much money monthly. Importantly, the ban will apply to all types of games, regardless of the platform. Previously, a similar ban was only in arcades, not in your own home.

For now, it has not been specified how the government will check compliance with these rights. Only works on a type of unified player identification system that would be compatible with all platforms have been announced. The system would recognize the user's identity and age. It is also unclear whether the authorities intend to punish in any way for breaking the bans. For now, this sounds like a form of recommendation for parents of underage players. Let us remember, however, that we are talking about a country in which the citizen evaluation system is in force and the censorship exceeds subsequent thresholds.

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Curfews are intended to prevent addiction to games. We remind you that since last year the World Health Organization has recognized this form of addiction as a type of mental illness. Although this contradicts studies that show that playing has a positive effect on brain work (including memory development), it cannot be denied that there are many deaths from long-term marathons. | allthingsblogging.com

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