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China limits online gaming to 3 hours a week for schoolchildren

Beijing takes more hands-on approach on youth education and lifestyles

Customers play online games at an internet cafe in Fuyang, China. Companies are under growing pressure to limit underage players' access.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- Chinese gamers under the age of 18 will be allowed to play online for just an hour a day and only on weekends, authorities announced Monday, as the government increases its involvement not only in schools but on how youth spend time at home.

Underage video game players will be restricted to 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on public holidays, according to the National Press and Publication Administration. The agency, which issued the rules to gaming operators, is also pushing for registration of users with their real names.

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