China Sets Extreme Time Limit on Gaming for Kids - IGN Daily Fix

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In today's Daily Fix, China is preparing to combat gaming addiction by severely restricting when kids can play games. According to the Wall Street Journal, new regulations set to go into effect in September will limit kids' gaming time to just three hours a week. Chinese gaming giants Tencent and NetEase are already working on ways to implement the restrictions, possibly through a real-name verification system. Children under the age of 18 will only be allowed one hour of play time—8pm to 9pm—Friday through Sunday and public holidays. China enforced a similar system on the mobile game Honor of Kings in 2018. No other details have yet been provided, such as if these restrictions will apply to foreign-made games or if the rules will be enforced in territories like Hong Kong. And speaking of NetEase, the company is looking to poach Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi away from Sega. Nagoshi would form a brand new team at NetEase and would work on new games. Currently, Nagoshi's latest Yakuza title is the spin-off "Lost Judgment," set for release on September 24, 2021. Finally, if you were disappointed in a lack of Halo Infinite at gamescom, well it was kind of intentional. 343 Industries' Joseph Staten revealed, via GameSpot, that the team is hard at working getting the campaign ready for launch later this year, and a gamescom demo or presentation would've been a distraction. Probably for the best, as the fans would probably want to have a polished game at launch over a short presentation at gamescom. Were you disappointed in Halo not being part of gamescom? And for the gaming parents out there, what kind of limits do you set on your kids' gaming time? Let us know in the comments!

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