Video Game Law Blog

August 04, 2005

The Chinese government has issued several new regulations relating to the on-line gaming industry. Chief among these is a new policy that prohibits minors (under 18) from playing on-line games in which players are able to kill other players. This regulation could have a very significant impact on the Chinese game industry China has an estimated 20 million on-line gamers, a substantial portion of which are under 18.

Other new regulations require game operators to implement timing systems that automatically log players off of on-line games after a set period of continuous play and create a requirement that a company trying to become a licensed on-line game operate must have registered capital of at least US $1.23 million.

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