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China issues new regulations to curb online gaming addiction among minors

China has issued new regulations under which internet users in the country will have to register their names with a valid Id before playing games online. The regulations, which aim to curb soaring rates of internet addiction in China, particularly among minors, will come into force on August 1, 2010.

The regulations also require online game companies to self-censor. According to the new rules, game providers will be banned from offering unsuitable games to minors. The regulations will apply to all domestic and imported role-playing and social networking games.

China has issued new regulations under which internet users in the country will have to register their names with a valid Id before playing games online. The regulations, which aim to curb soaring rates of internet addiction in China, particularly among minors, will come into force on August 1, 2010.

The regulations also require online game companies to self-censor. According to the new rules, game providers will be banned from offering unsuitable games to minors. The regulations will apply to all domestic and imported role-playing and social networking games.

The new regulations have been issued by the country’s ministry of culture. China’s online population reached 404 million earlier this year (2010), and the number of young internet addicts was estimated at around 24 million last year (2009). [Source: Economic Times]

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