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It will now be harder for young people to become live streamers or engage with their favorite content creators.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

May 9, 2022

1 Min Read
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China is restricting how young people use live streaming services as part of a regulatory crackdown on the sector.

According to Reuters, the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) is ushering in controls that will prevent under-18s from tipping live streamers or becoming live streamers without consent from a guardian.

The NRTA, which is a state-controlled agency run by the Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party, also intends to add "youth mode" functions that will prevent younger viewers from watching streams beyond 10pm local time. 

The news comes after an earlier report that indicated the Cyberspace Administration of China intended to make it hard for tech companies like Tencent to profit from video games, live streaming, and social media platforms.

Prior to that, the Chinese government imposted playtime limits for those under the age of 18 to prevent them accessing video games for more than one hour per day between Friday and Sunday. It also ordered game companies to ban children from accessing games during the rest of the week, excluding holidays.

For added context, Chinese State Media outlet Economic Information Daily had previously decried video games as "spiritual opium" and called for more regulation of games businesses in a bid to curb a market it claimed would "destroy a generation."

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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