Gamers find loopholes in limiting the minors law for gaming: China


According to reports, Chinese gamers are taking advantage of loopholes in the current rule limiting the number of hours children may spend playing online games. The National Press and Publication Administration recently published a notification stating that online gaming businesses should only give services to children from 8 pm to 9 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and statutory holidays, after a modification to the Law on the Protection of Minors.
However, a China Central Television investigation discovered that some people are selling or renting accounts established in the names of adults to children.
On Tuesday (Sept 7), a report tha stated that a youngster spent 33 yuan (S$6.87) on King of Glory and played for two hours.
It has also been claimed that youngsters have logged into game portals using their grandparents’ credentials. To pass the face recognition exam, some youngsters even have their grandparents gaze into the camera.
What’s more alarming is that an entire illicit network has been established to assist kids in getting through the checks. These infractions demonstrate that online gaming firms are not doing enough to comply with the Law, as more frequent logins and longer hours of participation translate into more earnings.
Officials from the Communist Party of China Central Committee’s Publicity Department and many other agencies warned important game platforms such as Tencent and other on Wednesday that they must rigorously follow the regulations. Companies should upgrade their systems to prevent children from logging in to a game platform without their parents’ permission.


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