People play computer games at an internet cafe in Beijing on September 10, 2021, days after Chinese officials summoned gaming enterprises including Tencent and NetEase to discuss further curbs on the industry. Photo: AFP
People play computer games at an internet cafe in Beijing on September 10, 2021, days after Chinese officials summoned gaming enterprises including Tencent and NetEase to discuss further curbs on the industry. Photo: AFP

China’s tighter video game restrictions spring a few leaks during country’s long holiday as kids seek online fun

  • An August state media article called video games ‘spiritual opium’, and in September authorities moved to limit gaming time for minors to three hours a week
  • Minors are still able to either steal their parents’ national IDs to obtain an adult gaming account, or pressure them into handing over the IDs voluntarily

People play computer games at an internet cafe in Beijing on September 10, 2021, days after Chinese officials summoned gaming enterprises including Tencent and NetEase to discuss further curbs on the industry. Photo: AFP
People play computer games at an internet cafe in Beijing on September 10, 2021, days after Chinese officials summoned gaming enterprises including Tencent and NetEase to discuss further curbs on the industry. Photo: AFP
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