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China Slashes Kids’ Gaming Time to Just Three Hours a Week



With increasing negative impact of games on kids, China will limit the amount of time children can play video games to just three hours most weeks. While this might be a good thing for kids in China, it is not well received by the markets following the dramatic escalation of restrictions which dealt a blow to the world’s largest mobile gaming market, as Beijing signaled it would continue a campaign to control the expansion of large tech companies.

Gaming platforms from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to NetEase Inc. can only offer online gaming to minors from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and public holidays, state news agency Xinhua reported, citing a notice by the National Press and Publication Administration. The new rules are a major step up from a previous restriction set in 2019 of 1.5 daily hours most days.


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