The China Gaming Industry Committee released a report the day before, stating that 70% of minors spend less than three hours a week on games. Based on this information, the department concludes that “gambling addiction of minors has been largely eliminatedaccording to the Financieele Dagblad.
Last August, Beijing shocked the gaming industry by allowing minors to play online games for just three hours a week – one hour each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The decision was preceded by an information campaign in the state media, in which online games were sort of mentioned “spiritual opium”. However, local businesses supported Beijing’s decision and in Chinese giant Tencent’s games, the time spent online by minors fell 92% in the third quarter compared to the same period last year.
Experts clarify that Chinese teenagers, of course, have the opportunity to bypass restrictions: according to some reports, 35% of parents allow children to register accounts using their documents. However, the news that the problem of childhood gambling addiction has been “solved” may indicate that Beijing’s policy on the gambling industry is being relaxed. And the local media has already changed their rhetoric: the Chinese Communist Party’s official publication “People’s Daily” has already stated that the game industry contributes to “development of advanced technologies”.
At the time of policy tightening in Beijing, Chinese gaming giants have focused their efforts on foreign markets, as well as technologies related to the metaverse: virtual reality glasses and cloud services.
Source : 3D News
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