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China Mulls Banning Online Gaming for Minors Between Midnight, 8 a.m.

By April Ma
A video gamer sleeps on a sofa in the internet bar of Henan Electronic Sports Training Base after playing games overnight. Gamers under 18 will be forbidden to play overnight online games in public places under the draft of a new regulation proposed by the Cyberspace Administration of China. Photo: IC
A video gamer sleeps on a sofa in the internet bar of Henan Electronic Sports Training Base after playing games overnight. Gamers under 18 will be forbidden to play overnight online games in public places under the draft of a new regulation proposed by the Cyberspace Administration of China. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — Parents of gaming-addicted adolescents soon should be assured that their children will not be playing compulsively into the wee hours of the night until daybreak, as a new draft law will impose a curfew on online gaming for minors.

In a drive to curb what it calls “excessive gaming,” China’s Cyberspace Administration has published online protection guidelines for minors, stipulating that gaming companies adopt a real-name registration system. This will allow systems to identify adolescents and disable their accounts from midnight to 8 a.m.

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