China is banning kids from playing more than three hours of video games per week.
When they do play video games, they can only do it between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, an authoritarian rule that’s hard for many Americans to grasp. (Story continues below.)
previous rules allowed 1.5 hours of video game playtime daily for kids under 18 years old, but the Chinese Communist Party is cracking down on what it calls video game addiction.
The announcement caused several game makers stocks to drop.
“Three hours per week is too tight. Such a policy will have negative impact on Tencent too,” Steven Leung, an executive director at UOB Kay Hian (Hong Kong) Ltd, told Bloomberg News. “I thought regulatory measures would take a break gradually, but it’s not stopping at all. It will hurt the nascent tech rebound for sure.”
The authoritarian Chinese government has defended its decision.
“Teenagers are the future of our motherland,” an unnamed government source told a Chinese state paper. “Protecting the physical and mental health of minors is related to the people’s vital interests, and relates to the cultivation of the younger generation in the era of national rejuvenation.”
Of course, the decision has sparked criticism from freedom-loving Americans.
“I’m fine with parents having a rule like this for their household,” said Tim Kennedy. “I have this exact same rule for my household. We don’t watch movies, television, or play any video games in my house during the week. But I don’t want the government telling me what to do.”
Others made light of it.
“I just want to make it clear to my children who will inevitably find this tweet in 5-10 years:” said Fletcher Durant. “We instituted our family policy before China and any comparisons of our parenting decisions to authoritarian governments is misguided and will not get you more video game time.”