Yasma Baalbaki, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
China has placed harsh restrictions and rules regarding the hours young people have access to online games. According to the World Economic Forum: “Online gaming in the country is now only available to people younger than 18 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.”
Referring to a survey from Limelight Networks, it is evident that China is one of the countries with the highest average number of playtime. That is why China decided to take immediate action to ensure anti-addiction policies and overall health and well-being for the future generation.
Furthermore, “I think this is the right policy,” one parent told a New York Times reporter. “It amounts to the state taking care of our kids for us.” On the other hand, based on the World Economic Forum: “Shares of the country’s biggest game company crumpled in response to the harsh rhetoric”. These new rules affect big tech companies as well