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Technology Gaming curfew for minors hits China

02:50  07 november  2019
02:50  07 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Western video game publishers chasing the Chinese market were just hit with a massive setback as the Chinese government announced new regulations for minors . The New York Times reports in addition to a 10pm digital curfew , children will have limitations placed on how much they can spend

China is imposing a curfew on online gaming for minors , the government has announced. Gamers under 18 will be banned from playing online between 22:00 and 08:00. They will also be restricted to 90 minutes of gaming on weekdays and three hours on weekends and holidays.

The Chinese government has introduced a bunch of new rules for minors who use their free time for gaming, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Under the guidelines, kids under 18 won't be able to game between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., or play more than 90 minutes a day on weekdays and three hours on weekends or holidays.

No more Fortnite after 10 p.m. for minors in China. Epic Games © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. No more Fortnite after 10 p.m. for minors in China. Epic Games

In-game spending will also be capped at 400 yuan or $57 a month for those aged 16 to 18, and 200 yuan ($29) a month for eight- to 16-year-old gamers, according to CNN.

The regulations are a response to an increase in poor academic performance and nearsightedness, The New York Times said. A spokesperson for China's General Administration of Press and Publication told Xinhua that the rules are to protect mental and physical health of minors.

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The app has had 614 million downloads so far just this year, according to mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The social video app is currently the third most downloaded non-gaming app of the year, after WhatsApp at No. 1 and Messenger at No. 2, according to the firm. Facebook and Instagram rank in fourth and fifth place, respectively, the survey says.© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. TikTok is currently the third most downloaded non-gaming app of 2019, according to Sensor Tower.

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