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Tencent dashes Chinese teens' hopes for 'video game summer'

Country's biggest gaming group quashes rumors of longer screen time limits

Rumors had been swirling on Chinese social media that playing time limits might be increased but the limit of one hour a day, three days week, remains in place. (Source photos by EPA/Jiji and AFP/Jiji) 

HONG KONG -- Legions of young Chinese gamers had their dreams of a video game filled summer crushed this week, as industry leader Tencent Holdings quashed rumors that strict limits on playing time would be relaxed.

The country's biggest gaming group cited a "misunderstanding" as it took to social media to tell teen gamers that it would still enforce a government cap on screen time of three hours a week, even during the two-month summer holiday.

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