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China imposes gaming curfew for minors

The Chinese government announced that they are imposing a curfew on online gaming for minors.

Gamers under the age 18 will be banned from playing online between 10pm and 8am. Minors in the country will also be restricted to 90 minutes of gaming on weekdays and three hours on weekends and holidays.

The official government guidelines which was released last week also included spending limits for minors.

Gamers eight to 16 years old can spend up to 200 yuan (RM118) per month, while those between 16 and 18 years can spend up to 400 yuan (RM236) on their gaming accounts.

According to research firm Newzoo, China is the second-largest gaming market in the world, with US global revenue surpassing China for the first time this year due to China’s increased regulations on the industry.

Video game addiction in China is believed to be at an all-time high with officials stating that it is causing damage to children’s health.

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