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China Imposes Gaming Curfew on Minors

China has imposed a curfew to limit the time spent by children playing games online, in the latest part of a government crackdown on youth gaming addiction.

Gamers under 18 will be banned from playing online between 22:00 and 08:00. They will also be restricted to 90 minutes of gaming on weekdays and three hours on weekends and holidays.

Gamers eight to 16 years old can spend up to 200 yuan (£22, $29) per month, while those between 16 and 18 years can spend up to 400 yuan on their gaming accounts.

Its part of China’s latest move to curb video game addiction, which officials say is damaging to children’s health.

China is the world’s biggest video game market, but the government has been tightening up on the industry amid concerns about health, worsening near-sightedness in children and online addiction.

The official government guidelines – released on Tuesday – include spending limits for minors.

The new rules will also require all gamers to use a real-name registration and details such a WeChat account, phone number or ID number to sign up.

In the statement published Tuesday, the government also calls for games producers to “modify the game content, functions or rules” to avoid causing addiction in young players.

Chinese giant Tencent — the planet’s biggest game company — announced in March it was implementing new curbs on underage video-game playing.

The gaming group had already has launched a real-name identification system for “Honour of Kings” to enforce playtime restrictions on youths.

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