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online players under 18 are only allowed to play for one hour on Fridays, weekends and holidays, the video game controller China said.

The National Press and Publication Administration told the state news agency Xinhua that the game-play would only be allowed between 8pm to 9pm.

also instructed gaming companies to prevent children playing outside these times.

Earlier this month state output means brand online games "spiritual opium".

inspections of online gaming companies will also increase, to ensure that deadlines are enforcing the regulator said.

previous rules had limited online gambling game of children to 90 minutes per day, increasing to three hours on holidays.

The measure reflects long-term concern about the impact of excessive youth games.

one month before the latest restrictions, you article published by the daily state of Information Economy said that many teenagers had become addicted to online games and I was having a negative impact on them.

The article caused significant falls in the value of the shares of some of the largest online gaming companies in China.

In July Chinese giant Tencent Games announced it was deploying facial recognition to children stop playing 22: 00-8: 00.

The decision followed concerns that children were using the bypass regulations. Identification of adults

China takes steps drastic against "spiritual opium '

Zhaoyin Feng, BBC

is probably a disappointing end of the summer for tens of millions of young Chinese players.

The Chinese authorities have long been worried about gambling addiction and other harmful online activities among young people.

Beijing seems to show a growing skepticism about the expansion of capital and technology and its potentially negative impact on the welfare of the country 's younger generation.

The new rule came amid a broad crackdown technology giants China and Alibaba, Didi and Tencent, as well as a series of reforms activities considered by Beijing as damaging to the younger generation, including culture of celebrity fans and private lessons.

to imposing these new rules, the Chinese government hopes to create "positive energy" among young people and educate them with what Beijing considers "correct values".

While many Chinese parents can applaud restricting gambling, some in the social networks of China Weibo criticized the interference of the government as "reasonable" and "arbitrary ".

"Why do not you go when I go to the bathroom, eat meals and go to bed," a sarcastic comment to read

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