China's Game Industry Group Committee has claimed that young people, especially children, in China are spending less time on online video games and that they have successfully curbed their addition to online video games. Calling online gaming as 'spiritual opium' Chinese government had clamped down on online gaming services a year ago.
The government had imposed numerous restrictions on underage citizens who play online video games. The excessive gaming had turned into addiction for many children and had left the government worried about their future.
The addiction increased further in the last two years as Covid-19 induced lockdowns locked children inside their homes and online games became their only succour.
What were the curbs on online gaming? In August 2021, China imposed online gaming restrictions on children below the age of 18. Online gamers below this age were only allowed to play games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and that too only from 8 pm to 9 pm.
China's long struggle with online video games: China has roughly 158 million internet users aged between 6 and 19, accounting for 15.7 % of the country's total citizens.