Chinese Government adds more Restrictions to Teen Gaming

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Dane Healey

China’s President, Xi Jinping put more restrictions on  to teenage gaming in the country.

Currently, China’s new rule will prevent people under the age of eighteen from playing video games on weekdays, and an hour on weekends and holidays. The only hour that teenagers can game is 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., and they are limited to a total of 3 hours per week.

Beijing has stated that the new rule is necessary to prevent gaming becoming a “spiritual opium.” President Jinping believes that consistent gaming gets in the way of study, and this new rule is a step towards “anti-addiction” in young people. He believes that gaming causes a lack in social fluency and disconnects people from each other.

Many games like PUBG, or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, have dropped a significant amount of placers since the rule was put in place.