China has resolved game addiction among minors, top industry body says

China has resolved the issue of game addiction among minors, according to a joint report by the China Game Industry Group Committee, China Game Industry Research Institute and Gamma Data. (via Reuters)

The report, which was announced by CNG on its WeChat account on Tuesday, said that 75% of minors in the country now played games for fewer than three hours per week.

It also gave a shout-out to game companies for accomplishing ‘’remarkable results’’ by establishing systems to combat game addiction.

Last September, just a month after a state-owned Chinese newspaper called online gaming ‘’opium for the mind’’, China slowed down the game approval process to ensure that game companies followed the government’s new rules which require them to limit the playtime for minors to three hours a week.

The process returned to normal this April when The National Press and Public Administration granted publishing licences to 45 games.

Along with the playtime among minors, Chinese mobile games revenue also dropped 19% year-over-year to $8 billion in the third quarter of this year, according to a recent report by CNG.

Written by Maya Robertson


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