China’s latest move to restrict youth videogame exposure, or “spiritual opium,” involves imposing new restrictions on live streaming platforms. China’s State Administration of Radio and Television (and other government agencies) have ordered age-based restrictions, which come in the form of instituting “Youth Mode” on live streaming services which prevent anyone under 18 from tipping streamers or sending virtual gifts. Additionally, a 10 pm viewing curfew has been put in place “to ensure sufficient rest time for teenagers.”
On top of that, live streaming services can no longer allow users under 16 years old to become live streamers themselves, and are now required to obtain guardian consent before allowing older teenagers to stream.
Affected platforms include Douyin (the Chinese name for TikTok), Kuaishou, Bilibili, Juya, and Douyu. WeChat had already implemented similar restrictions on their site last year.
(All information was provided by PCGamer)
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