Ahoy Captain Cats here and today some very interesting news coming out of China in terms of video games and younger gamers.
According to NPR and BBC, China has set rules for gamers under the age of 18 will have guidelines on how they are allowed to play video games and more. Here is the list of rules that young gamers and their parents need to do:
- No playing video games afters of 10 P.M. And 8 A.M.
- On weekdays they can play up to 90 minutes a day
- On National holidays they are allowed to play up to 3 hours
- Gamers in the ages of 8-16 can spend up to 200 yuan or 29 dollars a month on their gaming account
- Gamers in the ages of 16-18 can spend up to 400 yuan or 58 dollars a month on their gaming account
The reason for all of this is due to a rise in poor eyesight, mental and physical health and poor academic performances. While China is the second-largest gaming market in the world, this could look bad for gaming companies who are all in the Chinese gaming market such as Blizzard who has already have enough bad press this year. This could be either good or bad in the long run for gaming in China, we’ll keep an eye on this and see where it heads to down the road.