China announces video game curfew for minors

Addiction to video games is now considered a mental health disorder by a leading international body (Source: MGN)

CHINA (CNN) - China has announced new regulations aimed to curb addition to gaming among minors, the latest move in an ongoing campaign to increase regulation of the gaming industry.

Under the new rules, gamers under 18-years-old will no longer be allowed to play online games between 10 PM and 8 AM. The rules also implement a limit of 90 minutes of gameplay on weekdays, which extends to three hours on weekends and public holidays.

These new measures also limit the amount of money minors can transfer to their online gaming accounts. Gamers between 8 and 16 years old will only be able to transfer up to 200 Yuan ($29) per month. Those between 16 and 18 will be able to transfer up to 400 Yuan ($57) per month.

The regulations are aimed at curbing video game addiction in the world's largest gaming market.