China limits online gaming time for minors

The Chinese government has announced new rules instructing online game providers to limit the time users under the age of 18 can play to Fridays, weekends, and holidays, and up to one hour each day.

China's state-run Xinhua news agency on Monday reported on the restrictions aimed at preventing minors from becoming addicted to online gaming.

Under the new rules, companies will only be able to offer online gaming services to children from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, weekends and holidays.

Firms are also barred from providing any gaming services to players who fail to register their real name.

The report said authorities will strictly deal with companies that fail to follow the rules.

The move comes as the gaming industry faces scrutiny in China due to children becoming addicted to online games.

A state-run media recently called for more measures to prevent addiction, describing online games as "spiritual opium."