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China says it has ‘solved’ children’s addiction to online games, but attention shifted to videos

  • China has “basically solved” the problem of online gaming addiction among its youth, according to a new report co-authored by the country’s top gaming industry body.
  • The report, titled “2022 China Game Industry Progress Report on the Protection of Minors,” says the share of minors who spend less than three hours a week on online games has grown to more than 75%, all thanks to anti-addiction policies.
  • Back in September 2021, the National Press and Publication Administration, which oversees the licensing of video games in China, began to require game companies to ban children from playing more than three hours per week.
  • In March, the Cyberspace Administration of China also released a draft that asked companies to improve gaming rules to prevent addiction and ensure that children avoid contact with content that could affect their physical and mental health.
  • While Chinese children no longer spend as much time on online games, all those lost hours are now spent on watching short videos, according to the report.

China has “basically solved” the problem of online gaming addiction among its youth, according to a new report co-authored by the China Game Industry Group Committee, the country’s top gaming industry body.

Back in September 2021, the National Press and Publication Administration, which oversees the licensing of video games in China, began to require game companies to ban children from playing more than three hours per week. This window is set from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and on public holidays.