Games can be fun, but they can also be incredibly addictive and we’re sure that more than a few of us have spent a lot longer on games than we should have. However, it seems that over in China, they’re trying to curb such behavior, at least as far as kids are concerned and it looks like the government will be tightening their measures.
According to a new regulation in the country, it seems that kids under the age of 18 will no longer be able to play games for more than 3 hours a week. Plus, there will also be a set time that they’ll be allowed to game, which is from 8PM to 9PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Prior to this, the rules were slightly more relaxed where those under 18 could play games for 1.5 hours a day on most days.
However, the government claims that in order to safeguard the mental and physical health of children, they have decided to tighten the rules. China has pretty strict rules and a system in place that can actually pull this off. Since users need to use their national ID cards to verify themselves, game systems usually know when an underaged user tries to play past their curfew.
More recently, companies like Tencent have even taken to using facial recognition to ensure that kids don’t play past their curfew.