China: New rules mean youngsters in China can now only game online for three hours a week | World News


On a recent Sunday evening in Beijing, a few minutes before 8pm, Huang Chong opened a Harry Potter video game on her smartphone and tried to play.

She couldn’t – by government decree.

A pop up appeared on her screen: “Dear players… Minors can only play online games between 8-9pm on Fridays, weekends and national festivals and holidays. Please arrange your playing time and have a rest.”

New rules in China mean that under 18s are only allowed to play three hours of online games per week, at those time specified.

Huang Chong and her father Huang Wen Shang are pictured together as they discuss the gaming rules in China
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Huang Chong and her father Huang Wen Shang are pictured together as they discuss the gaming rules in China

Even for a communist state that regulates its citizens lives far more than the West, it is a new extension of control. And that control is now being applied to different parts of society and culture, in a new crackdown.

Huang Chong, who is 15 years old, said she didn’t mind the video…



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