China's game regulator publishes new guidelines to protect children

China's game regulator publishes new guidelines to protect children

China's video games regulator The State Administration of Press and Publications has released new guidelines for titles aimed at kids.

As reported by The South China Morning Post, these restrictions now include all users being required to provide their real name in order to prove their age, with an existing database being updated to make it more challenging to fool the system. Those too young to be able to play a game will be restricted from accessing it. Duh.

Players below the age of 18 will be limited to just 90 minutes of games per day, down from the three hours they are currently allowed. Users will be able to play for three hours during holiday periods. Furthermore, children will not be able to play after 10pm and before 8am.

There are also restrictions on spending. Users below the age of eight are limited to spending any money in-game, with kids aged between eight and 16 restricted to ¥50 ($7.13) on a single transaction and ¥200 ($28.51) per month. Meanwhile, minors aged between 16 and 18 can spent up to ¥400 ($57.03).

Those below 18 make up around a fifth of China's internet users and a lower number of the population playing online games, according to data from Niko Partners' Daniel Ahmad.

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