China has made a bold move among children in an effort to curb their addiction to video games and buying digital items. Those who are playing video games who are under the age of 18 would be banned to play online games for a max of 90 minutes. This will be applicable on a weekday basis and is forbidden to play between 22:00 to 8:00. Then on public holidays and weekends, they are permitted to play by a max of 3 hours a day.
Official government guidelines that outline these new rules were actually issued by the General Administration of Press and Publication of the country. This will also be imposed straight through various gaming platforms that are in operation in the country.
In fact, a spokesperson for Chinese administration has told Xinhua News Agency that these new measures were intricately planned to provide protection among minors for their mental and physical health.
The Max You can Do
Aside from that, the rules include limitations on the amount of money that they can spend within the games. With players who are under 16 years old will be allowed to spend a max of 200 yuan or £22 a month and those who are 16 to 18 has a max ceiling of 400 yuan.
Therefore, no matter how much you love buying D2Items to level up your avatar in Diablo II game, you’ll be stuck with 200 to 400 yuan.
Basically, China is the second largest gaming market in the world. They’re just behind in United States but, authorities in the country repeatedly criticizing the impact of video games could bring amongst young people. Basically, in a study performed in 500 million Chinese citizens in 2015, it has shown that many of the participants have suffered from visual impairment. And researchers are blaming it due to the rise of online games and mobile phones.
China is just doing what’s Right
Though, there’s no specific consensus that myopia could be a result of video games. However, countries in situated in Eastern Asia have observed a huge rise in such condition for the past several years. In fact, the World Health Organization had recognized video game addiction as mental health disorder. This only backs Chinese administration’s decision for doing what they have to do.