Chinese state media said allowing minors to circumvent new rules aimed at limiting gaming play time to three hours per week should be removed to “prevent addiction”.
China introduced new rules in August allowing people under the age of 18 to spend three hours a week on video games, a move that was needed to combat gaming addiction, but young Chinese gamers Disappointed with the rules.
“On some online trading platforms, game accounts are rental and sales businesses, users can bypass supervision by renting and buying accounts and play online games without any restrictions. This means that in online gaming for teenagers There are still shortcomings to admit, which deserve attention,” a comment in the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper said on Monday.
The commentary also noted that some game trading platforms have said that strict measures have been taken to prevent minors from buying, selling and renting accounts. Gaming enterprises should “actively fulfill social responsibilities”, “be responsible for the healthy development of the next generation” and “promote the healthy development of the industry”.
According to the commentary, parents, families and schools in particular are urged to create a conducive environment “for the healthy development of minors”, as some minors use their identity to register for a gaming account. , making the gaming time limit ineffective.
Authorities in China, the world’s biggest video game market, have for years worried about gaming and Internet addiction among youth, setting up clinics that combine medical and military exercises for people with so-called “gaming disorders.”
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