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On Tuesday, a new law came into effect in China that limits video game playtime for players under the age of 18.
The new law restricts players under the age of 18 from playing video games for longer than 90-minutes a day, or between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The New York Times reports (via Kotaku) that the changes were announced earlier this week by China’s National Press and Publication Administration. The restrictions are aimed at addressing issues like video game addiction, nearsightedness, and “poor academic performance across a broad swath of society”.
“These problems affect the physical and mental health of minors, as well as their normal learning and living,” the National Press and Publication Administration said in a statement.
The 90-minutes a day restriction for game time applies from Monday to Friday, while kids can play for 3 hours a day on the weekends.
Moreover, the new law forces kids to register their online gaming accounts using their actual names and ID. Presumably, this is a means for the authorities to monitor players and enforce the law.
The Chinese government isn’t only controlling the time spent on playing video games, but also the money spent by kids on DLC and microtransactions.
There will be a spending limit between $28 and $57 a month that players can spend on in-game items. The limit is dependent on the player’s age.
According to the NYT, the new regulations have been known by the industry for a while, and many games and providers have already prepared for the restrictions.