In yet another crackdown, the Chinese government on August 30 issued new rules limiting the amount of time minors can spend on online gaming to three hours per week in an effort to combat addiction. As per Chinese law, anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor. Over the past few months, China has launched investigations into and reprimanded large tech companies like Alibaba, Tencent, Didi, and ByteDance, passed one of the world’s strictest data privacy laws, barred for-profit tutoring, cracked down on celebrity fandom, and introduced pioneering regulations on recommendation algorithms. These regulations not only have repercussions within China but throughout the world because they will shape how other countries approach the same issues. What are the new restrictions on online gaming announced by China? An hour each on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Online gaming companies can allow minors to play games between 20:00 and 21:00 on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays. At all other times, these companies should not provide games to minors in any form. Real-name registration must be ensured: Companies must strictly implement real-name registration and login requirements for online gamers by ensuring that users register with their real names and government-issued identification documents. Government must increase supervision of online gaming companies: Relevant government departments should strengthen the supervision and inspection of online game enterprises in implementing the provisions of online game services, real-name registration and login, standardised payment, etc. They should also increase the frequency and intensity of inspection, and hold violating companies strictly accountable. How will these…
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