Chinese state media said loopholes allowing minors to circumvent new rules to limit playing time to three hours a week should be closed to “prevent addiction”.
China introduced new rules in August limiting the time under-18s can spend on video games to three hours a week, a move it said was necessary to curb gambling addiction but prompted young Chinese players to express their outrage at the rules.
“In some online trading platforms, there are businesses for renting and selling game accounts, users can bypass supervision by renting and buying accounts and play online games without restrictions. This means that there are still loopholes for teenagers to enter the online game, which is worthy of attention,” said a comment from the Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper on Monday.
The comment also states that some game trading platforms have stated that strict measures have been taken to prohibit minors from buying, selling and renting accounts. Game companies should “actively shoulder their social responsibilities”, “be responsible for the healthy growth of the next generation” and “promote the healthy development of the industry”.
Families and schools are also urged to create an environment conducive “for the healthy growth of minors”, according to the comment, especially parents, as some minors use their identity to register for a game account, which makes the ineffective game time limit.
Authorities in China, the world’s biggest market for video games, have worried about gaming and internet addiction among young people for years, setting up clinics that combine therapy and military exercises for those suffering from so-called “disorders”. Game”.
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