China is imposing a curfew on online gaming for minors, the government has announced.
Gamers under 18 will be banned from playing online between 22:00 and 08:00. They will also be restricted to 90 minutes of gaming on weekdays and three hours on weekends and holidays.
It is part of China’s latest move to curb video game addiction, which officials say is damaging to children’s health.
China is one of the world’s largest gaming markets.
The official government guidelines – released on Tuesday – include spending limits for minors.
Gamers eight to 16 years old can spend up to 200 yuan (£22, $29) per month, while those between 16 and 18 years can spend up to 400 yuan on their gaming accounts.
China has been confirmed as the second-largest gaming industry in the world with US global revenue surpassing China for the first time this year due to China’s increased regulations on the industry, according to research firm Newzoo.
How harmful are video games?
Last year, the World Health Organization listed gaming addiction – which they call “gaming disorder” – as a mental health condition for the first time.
The most recent American Psychiatry Association manual of mental disorders does not officially recognize it, instead of listing internet gaming disorder as a condition for further study.
But many countries have identified excessive gaming as a major public health issue, and many have private addiction clinics to treat the condition.