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China cracks down on online games: Minors will only be allowed three hours of play per week

Regulators in China took a strange step banning children from playing online games for more than three hours per week. The gaming industry is the latest victim of Chinese regulator’s restrictions on technology companies across the globe.

A notice from the National Press and Publication Administration indicates that minors in China will only be allowed to play games between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They will also be allowed to play games during the window on holidays.


A previous law, adopted in 2019 only allowed minors in China to play games for an hour and a half per day. Minors were given three hours of play time on holidays.

The stock market reacted to the news, sending shares of tech companies that focus in online gaming tumbling.

Chinese regulators have also targeted education companies and e-commerce businesses in recent months with changes limiting the free flow of information to minors.



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