China is going to limit how long players can play video games. The government says to do this with a view to combating myopia, or nearsightedness, in younger players. Earlier, it became apparent that China also applies restrictions to releases of games.
The measures have a lot of impact because China, with almost 1.4 billion inhabitants, is the most populated country in the world and thus also a large market for games. The Chinese tech giant and game publisher Tencent lost about $ 160 billion worth of value after the statements of the government, which is equal to the total value of Netflix, according to Reuters . For the first time in 13 years, the company is also faced with a decline in profits, for which it is blaming the Chinese measures.
In August it was already known that Monster Hunter: World had been removed from the Chinese market . The same fate threatens PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Shortly thereafter came the news that the country reportedly suspends the release of all games temporarily.