/ 01 September 2021

China not playing the game

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Parents take note… In its latest crackdown on China’s entertainment industry, kids’ gaming activities will be limited to 3 hours a week. And there are rules about when under 18yos can get their Pac-Man on – gaming will be permitted by the government between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays. The edict replaces the 90 minutes/day rule, and it follows state-run media recently calling the online activity “spiritual opium”. However, analysts say it’s China’s latest attempt at enacting broader cultural reform, with recent targets including Chinese tech giants Alibaba, Didi and Tencent, as well as karaoke songs and celebrities that do not embody what Beijing considers ‘correct’ values. It’s safe to assume that President Xi Jinping’s app providing “fun education” about how to be a good citizen is exempt…

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