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China bans minors from playing games during the week

Regulation will permit children to play an hour of games a day from Friday through Sunday

China is rolling out new limits on game playing by minors, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

According to the paper, the new rules would prohibit children from playing games entirely from Monday through Thursday, with Friday through Sunday (and public holidays) seeing a limit of one hour of gaming a day, between 8 pm and 9 pm.

The new rules are the latest in a series of measures China and Chinese gaming companies have adopted around minors' gaming habits.

In 2019, the State Administration of Press and Publications tightened rules that had allowed for three hours of gaming a day to a maximum of an hour and a half for non-holidays.

Last year, limiting children's playtime was the motivation for the country rolling out new rules requiring players to log into games under their real names.

Earlier this year, Tencent launched facial recognition technology into its games to prevent children from playing games between 10 pm and 8 am.

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