video games limited to 3 hours per week for minors



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J. Coulais, A. Miguet, G. Caron, S. Ripaud

France 2

France Televisions

Chinese authorities are censoring online video games, which young people love. Minors will only be able to play for 3 hours per week.

In China, war is declared on video games. Across the country, 600 million people gamble on the Internet. The Chinese government has just banned people under 18 from playing online for more than three hours a week, in order to limit their addiction. In the streets of Beijing, teenagers are upset. “I find this measure too harsh. Video games for us are just a hobby to relax“, considers a young girl.

Young Chinese will only be able to play between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You will need to show ID to log in. Since 2019, regulations have already prohibited minors from playing online between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. These measures force video game publishers to constantly adapt. The industry is nevertheless doing very well in China, as it generated 17 billion euros in turnover in the first half of 2021 alone.

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