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Chinese Web giant Tencent rolls out gaming restrictions for young players

Tencent, the Chinese internet giant. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Giulia Marchi

As video games continue to come under fire from the Chinese government for their addictiveness and health implications, one of the biggest gaming companies announced Monday that it is placing major restrictions on young players, including expanding its age verification system and imposing limits on daily play as part of a new "health system."

Shenzhen-based Tencent said via WeChat that in addition to mandatory identification checks, players age 12 and under will be able to play for just an hour a day and will be barred from playing between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Teens ages 13 to 18 will be allowed to play two hours a day...

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