Censorship in Gaming by China


Ali Alghizzi

Edited by Marley Gutierrez 


In recent news, the Chinese government has become increasingly more dictatorial when it comes to video games. This week the Chinese government has placed a curfew on minors playing video games. Minors under the age of 18 will only be allowed to play for 90 minutes on a weekday and 3 hours on weekends. This comes as an attempt by the Chinese government to curb nearsightedness in children.

This comes at a time where people have slowly been getting angered at China’s attempts to cease pro democracy and Hong Kong support. One such example was when the video game company Blizzard banned professional Hearthstone players for holding up a poster in solidarity with protests in Hong Kong. 

Gamers have united to show their support for the protests in Hong Kong and have shown that they will not be silent about this at all. Gamers are generally calm and apolitical however in recent years both the US and China have passed legislation to curb video game addiction with China taking a more extreme route. In time we will see what the Chinese government will do and how they try to slow video game addiction.