This week, Chinese regulators have announced new anti-addictions guidelines aimed at curbing excessive game time and spending among minors. Similar restrictions have been in place for over a decade, but the new rules strengthen the country’s real name registration system, limit the amount minors can spend each month, and impose stricter curfews on gameplay.
Kids under 18 will be limited to 90 minutes of game time on weekdays, and three hours during weekends and holidays. They’ll also be restricted to playing between 8:00 and 22:00 each day – so no late-night MMO sessions. As analyst group Niko Partners details, Tencent has already had similar restrictions in place for a few years, and has been extending the reach of those time limits in preparation for these regulations.
Regulators have had softer time limits in place since 2007, restricting kids to three hours of daily play, though that restriction didn’t necessarily keep you from playing the game entirely – some game operators were able to simply reduce rewards for playing after the time limits were exceeded.
Original source: https://www.pcgamesn.com/china-game-time-limits