It was only a few weeks ago when Tencent was in a scandal with the content regulators in China regarding the launch of their new video game which is followed widely by the public. Now, the video game maker is once more making headlines with the government. It is not a secret that young people these days can purchase cheap CD keys therefore they are more likely to play video games. The Chinese government, however, noted that there is a rise of percentage in the younger population suffering from eye problems.
According to the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Education, they are taking measures to correct this issue. A document, written in the local language, was published by the ministry saying that myopia is now considered an epidemic in the country and it is expected to lead the nation into bigger issues later on if left alone.
There are a number of causes for the rise in shortsightedness among the younger generation of China, according to the document, including the amount of study loads the students are subjected to, too much use of mobile phone and gadgets and the young people are no longer taking part in exercises and outdoor physical activities.
Therefore the Ministry of Education in China suggested that the government will not limit the approval of the number of online video games which is to be released in the country. The video games will also be approved based on an age rating and minors in the country will subjected to limited number of hours when playing online games.
Niko Partners, a market research firm, said that two of the said suggestions have already been mandated before but the latter is a new restriction and this could have the biggest impact in the video game industry. The firm added that there is still very little detail about the new restrictions therefore it is too early to tell if it will be restrictive as it is deemed to be.
It also stressed on the fact that there will still be cheap CD keys online and ultimately the smaller video game companies will most likely feel the impact of the policy rather than the large ones.