China is introducing new measures to crack down on video games to protect minors and those vulnerable from being exposed to online gaming.
Official guidelines were issued and six new measures were announced which aimed at preventing minors “from indulging in online games.”
Following the new measures, there is a ban on online video games for minors between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Minors are also not allowed to access online video games on any given day except national holidays.
According to a state everyone, regardless of age, is prohibited from playing games that depict “sexual explicitness, goriness, violence, and gambling.”
“The State Administration of Press and Publication is working with the Ministry of Public Security to lead the building of a unified identification system, which would provide user identification services to video game companies so that they can accurately verify the identity of minors,” a government statement said.
“We are also going to gradually perfect and enrich the functions of the identification system, to achieve gaming time data sharing across platforms, so we could know and therefore restrict the total time every minor spends on gaming across platforms.”
Earlier in the year in May, Chinese Tech company, Tencent announced that it would no longer be offering PUBG (Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds ), one of the most popular mobile games in the country.
The ban followed after China made clear that no licenses will be issued to the content creators and developers of poker and mahjong video games.