Curfew In China Applies To Gamers Below 18 Years Old

Video games are fun, but they can be disruptive when you’re addicted to them.

In a bid to combat video game addiction in China, the Chinese government has introduced curfew for young gamers, heavily restricting their gaming time and in-game spending.

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China curfew allows gamers 90 mins of game time on weekdays

According to British news portal BBC, Chinese gamers below the age of 18 will be banned from playing online games from 10pm and 8am.

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There will also be restrictions placed on the number of hours young players are allowed to play.

Those below the age of 18 will only be allowed a maximum of 90 minutes on weekdays and 3 hours on weekends and holidays.

That’s only enough time for 1 or 2 DOTA games if you think about it. So die die cannot drag late game.

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In-game spending limits for young gamers

In addition to the curfew, restrictions will also be placed on gaming account expenditure for young gamers.

Players aged 8 to 16 are only allowed to spend a maximum of S$38.86 (RMB200) per month. Those between 16 and 18 are allowed to spend S$77.72 (RMB400).

This new rule will apply to in-app purchases, such as virtual weapons clothes, and skins.

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This means they will also have to register using their real names and identification number when they login to their gaming accounts.

However, these gamers are likely to find ways to circumvent the new rules, such as using their parents’ phone and identification number, reports TODAY.

A possible strategy for Singapore?

Let’s hope the curfew, coupled with the restrictive measures, will prove useful in curbing gaming addiction in China.

That said, should the Singapore government consider employing a similar strategy to keep video game addiction at bay for youngsters?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Featured image adapted from The Telegraph.