The Chinese government will now be limiting the amount of time minors under 18 can play video games

As mentioned in class, China is currently the world’s largest gaming market. The government has introduced new guidelines applied to all online gaming platforms operating in the country. They appear to be tackling video game addiction and aimed at creating a “clear internet space” and “protecting the physical and mental health of minors.”
Under the new rules, gamers aged under 18 will be banned from playing online games between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. On weekdays, minors can only play for 90 minutes, while they may play up to three hours per day on weekends and public holidays.

The guidelines also place restrictions on the amount of money minors can transfer to their online gaming accounts. Gamers aged between eight and 16 years old can only top up 200 yuan ($29) per month, while the maximum amount for those between 16 and 18 will be 400 yuan ($57).

Now 90 minutes on weekdays is quite a substantial limit, as 1 match for most online games such as LOL, Dota, CS GO etc would last around 40 minutes to 1 hour. It would be reasonably easy to enforce as in China, you need real-life ID to register an account – arguably it can be bypassed by creating multiple accounts, but that may take away the aspect of grinding for one account. Something to note, most MMORPG games in China already limit how long someone can play, whereby there is a limit on experience points and rewards for playing after the time limit.