China News: 'curfew' children play online games

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 The Chinese government has announced a curfew on the time of playing online games for minor children to control the addiction of video games.
In China, children under 18 years of age will be banned from playing online games between 10 am to 8 am. Children will be allowed to play only 90 minutes on weekdays and only for three hours on weekends and holidays.

China has taken this step to curb the addiction of video games. Officials say that this addiction is harmful to the health of children.

China is one of the largest game markets in the world.

In the official guidelines issued by the government on Tuesday, the amount spent by minors on these games has also been limited.

Children between the ages of eight and 16 years of age can play 200 yuan ($ 29) per month while those aged 16 to 18 can spend up to 400 yuan on their gaming accounts.
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Earlier restrictions
China is the world's second largest gaming market.

According to research firm News, for the first time this year, America's earnings in this industry have surpassed China's earnings.

China has been constantly criticizing the bad effects on video game youth.
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In 2018, the Chinese government announced the formation of a gaming regulator in order to limit the number of new online games due to the lack of children's eyesight due to gaming. Also, sports time and age restrictions can be imposed.

In the same year, China also stopped the approval of new video games, which lasted for the next nine months, which was a setback for this big industry.

Some big video game companies have shown activeness on the restrictions and rules of the government, but it is a challenging task to implement these restrictions and check the age.

A large gaming company, Tencent, also faced criticism when it limited the game time to one hour for children under 12 and two hours for children aged 12 to 18.

However, the new guidelines will apply to all online gaming platforms in China.