China has taken one more crucial step to keep children and vulnerable from exposure to any form of gambling.
According to the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, a new regulation has been introduced to eliminate gambling content from gaming machines and devices.
Following the new regulation in place, gaming machines and devices will be forbidden from having gambling functions, such as maximizing returns with small wagers by setting betting odds. The new regulation also restricts Gambling devices that automatically decide results, such as slot machines.
The new regulations seek “gaming machine makers to explore the values of fine traditional Chinese culture, advance core socialist values and develop games with independent intellectual property, reflecting the national spirit in a healthy and positive manner.”
The revised regulations will come into effect from Jan 1, 2020.
China has been strict on video games as well. Recently, a set of official guidelines were issued and six new measures announced which aim 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.”