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Friday, August 5, 2005
China Considers Strict Gaming Regulations
9:05 AM | Cord Kruse | 4 comments

In what may be a case of one step forward and two steps back the Chinese government has decided to fund their fledgling game industry to the tune of $1.8 billion, while at the same time planning stricter regulations on gamers. GamesIndustry reported recently that China is considering preventing the use of any player versus player games by those under the age of eighteen. Older gamers could face restrictions on their game playing hours, with mandatory cut offs after a certain number of hours per day of use.

"Minors should not be allowed to play online games that have player killing content," according to the Ministry of Culture's Internet Culture boss Liu Shifa. "Online games that have PK content usually also contain acts of violence and leads to players spending too much time trying to increase the power of their characters. They are harmful to young people."
Considering the broad spectrum of games which fall under the PVP ban this could be a blow to many game franchises active in China including Blizzard's World of Warcraft. For the entire article follow the link below.

GamesIndustry: Chinese Gaming Restrictions

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