In the context: For most children, summer holidays are a time of fun and play. But Chinese under 18s won’t like the latter, at least when it comes to online diversity. Tencent advised the country’s youth not to expect easing of tough restrictions on online gaming time during the seven-week holiday, despite rumors to the contrary.
It was back in August last year when China tightened its already tight restrictions on online gaming for under-18s. Previously, minors could access online games for one and a half hours on weekdays and three hours on holidays and weekends. This was cut up to one hour, from 20:00 to 21:00 local time, on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
It was rumored that restrictions would be eased during the summer and children would be allowed to play online games for one hour every day of the week. Tencent Games dispelled those hopes with a post that read, “Have you heard that gamers can play every day during the summer holidays? There may have been some misunderstanding.”
“It’s better to get some fresh air than get addicted to gaming,” the company added (via SCMP).
Tencent has also warned those under the age of 18 not to buy or rent game accounts to bypass the restrictions. He added that the new version of his face recognition systemintroduced last year to prevent minors from using the accounts of elderly relatives.
No wonder there are many dissenters; one user even compared it to China’s previous one-child policy.
China has long been negative about video games, calling them “electronic drugs” last year. He also has a strict policy regarding the granting of game licenses – April saw the end on freezing approvals until July 2021.
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