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China has a new curfew for playing video games. It is meant to stop addiction

China’s official government guidelines will be applied to all gaming platforms across the country, including the popular Tencent

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Micah “Ryder” Tang explains how he plays the game Hearthstone as part of the University of Utah’s esports team in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

China announced a new nationwide curfew for playing video games to help curb addiction issues.

China’s official government guidelines will be applied to all gaming platforms across the country, including the popular Tencent, which is the world’s largest gaming company and based out of China.

Here’s a look at the new guidelines:

  • Gamers under 18 years old will be banned from playing video games from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Minors can only play video games for 90 minutes on weekdays.
  • Minors may play up to three hours per day on weekends and public holidays.
  • Gamers between 8 and 16 can only spend 200 yuan ($28) per month on online gaming accounts. Those 16 to 18 can spend 400 yuan ($57).

China’s General Administration of Press and Publication sent out the guidelines, according to CNN.

A spokesman told Xinhua News Agency, a state-run news publication in China, that the guidelines were meant to protect “the physical and mental health of minors.”

“(This notice) has emphasized on the responsibility of the corporations, and has executed the government’s duty to supervise the problem,” the spokesman said.

The administration wants to work with police to create a real-time registration system so that gaming companies can check user identities more consistently, according to CNN.