This weekend, China announced new restrictions related to with minors and video gamesknowing that the National Radio and Television Administration (ANRT) has now restricted minors Let them watch video game streamers starting at 10 p.m.to which is added that they will not be able to spend money within these platforms.
For this to be effective, all accounts must be verified, and any that do not meet the requirement will have an automatic veto which will not allow them to load your content. The platforms concerned are Bilibili, Tencent’s Huya and Douyu, which are the Chinese counterparts of platforms like YouTube or Twitch.
“Platforms should strengthen controls to prevent underage users from giving information to live broadcasters or becoming broadcasters themselves without the consent of a guardian,” the ANRT said.
- Viewers under the age of 18 will no longer be able to “tip” streamers, a practice in which those who watch a show can send small amounts of money, usually in return for verbal or text acknowledgment of their contribution.
- Anyone watching live content through a child account will have all transmissions blocked after 10:00 p.m., and content creators “will need to enforce peak hour management of such programs.”
These new laws are part of an effort by Chinese authorities to combat what they see as a “chaosin social media and the live-streaming space. They are also part of a broader effort by the Chinese government to tighten its control over the entire video game industry.