Xinhua reports that China’s “anti-online game addiction system” has been effective in abating the number of online game players:
China developed the anti-online game addiction system in July 2007 to reduce on-line addiction among young people. All game operators in China are required to deter minors from playing their games for more than three hours a day. Online gamers are also required to register using their real names and identity card numbers to determine whether or not they are under the age of 18.
The system will restricts a minor’s playing time by canceling half their earned credits if they remain online for more than three hours a day. If the child plays for more than five hours a day, all of their gaming credits will be lost.
The survey also showed that about 60 percent of youngsters are satisfied with the anti-addiction system.
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