Chinese authorities have banned minors from playing online games from ten in the evening until eight in the morning. On weekdays they are allowed to play one and a half hours a day, and on weekends – three hours a day. This was reported by The New York Times with reference to the main state administration for press and publishing of the PRC.
Chinese authorities will oblige online game publishers to require real user names and a mobile phone number when registering accounts. The activity of adolescents will be tracked through special identifiers.
In addition, adolescents will be limited in purchasing in-game items. Users from eight to 16 years old will be allowed to replenish accounts in online games by no more than 200 yuan per month (about 1800 rubles). Players aged 16 to 18 will be able to buy in-game currency for 400 yuan (about 3,600 rubles), but no more than 100 yuan at a time.
Chinese authorities blame “addiction to video games” for myopia and poor student performance. The new rules are supposed to help “protect the mental and physical health of minors.” Tracking the activity of children in online games can be complicated due to the fact that players often use their parents’ phone numbers when registering.