China introduces gambling ban: children only get 3 hours of online play per week
These days, gambling is big business. Where it was once confined to the outskirts or something you would be reluctant to share with friends, now to be a player is to be something of an athlete. With advancements in technology bringing hyper-realistic scenes to the online gaming arena and companies looking to adapt their equipment to improve technique and efficiency, gaming is a growing industry and proving to be very much. addictive. Perhaps because of this and in a bid to crack down on the online gaming industry, China now bans children from playing online games for more than three hours a week.
Now, new rules state that children under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play games between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and holidays, starting Thursday, according to a National Press notice. and Publication. Administration. This comes after the introduction of a restriction in 2019 that allowed minors to play games for an hour and a half a day and three hours on public holidays. These new restrictions will further limit play time during the week to just three hours in total. In addition, online gaming companies will be prohibited from providing gaming services to young users in any form outside of these hours.
The crackdown may seem odd and rather brazen, but it comes after growing concerns about gambling addiction, according to China’s Xinhua News Agency. Reuters reports that Chinese authorities – which happens to be the world’s largest video game market – has long been concerned about gambling and internet addiction among young people. This led them to create clinics that combine therapy and military exercises for those suffering from “gambling disorders”. Myopia in young people is also a growing concern. The publication suggests, “About 62.5% of Chinese minors often play online games and 13.2% of underage mobile game users play mobile games more than two hours a day on weekdays, according to state media. Chinese regulators have also targeted the private tutoring industry and what they see as a celebrity cult in recent weeks, citing the need to ensure the well-being of children.