China limits children to three hours of online gaming a week

As Chinese regulators continue to push down on the technology sector, China is barring children from playing online games for more than three hours each week, the strictest restriction ever on the game business.

According to a notice from the National Press and Publication Administration, minors in China can only play games between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends, and public holidays beginning Sept. 1.

This reduces minors’ gaming time to three hours per week for most weeks of the year, down from an hour and a half per day on weekdays and three hours on weekends and holidays in 2019.

The revelation will come as a sledgehammer to China’s already battered digital sector, particularly gaming giant Tencent, which was recently accused of peddling “spiritual opium” to youngsters and slammed with anti-trust litigation that wiped $170 billion off its market value.

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