‘Every day is doomsday,’ says Chinese gamers as more restrictions are imposed


The video game business in China is growing. However, Stone Shi, a Chinese game creator, does not believe so.
Shi, 27, obtained his first job in 2018 when Beijing briefly halted new game approvals. The government imposed further restrictions on youngsters’ playing time the following year. The regulations were tightened even more a few weeks ago. People under 18 can now play for only three hours each week, within set weekend periods.
Shi remarked, “We never hear any good news regarding the game business.” “We have this joke: ‘Every time something occurs, people say it’s the end of the video game business,’ so we respond, ‘Every day is the end of the video game industry.'”
That may be a slight exaggeration. Shi is still working, and hundreds of millions of Chinese people play video games every day. Minors continue to discover methods past official restrictions. Tencent and other Chinese tech giants are significant players in the global gaming sector. The country has also embraced competitive gaming, with esports stadiums being built and college students majoring in the subject.
China’s relationship with gaming, on the other hand, is far more complicated. In a society where growing economic growth has broken social networks and pushed lengthy work hours, games provide a social release and a readily available pastime. For example, the multiplayer smartphone game “Honor of Kings” has over 100 million daily users.
Officials – and many parents – have been concerned for years about the potential drawbacks, such as addiction and distraction. Gaining control over video games has been high on the target list as a more paternalistic government under Chinese leader Xi Jinping has moved to direct measures to influence how people live and what they do for enjoyment.


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