Thursday, August 04, 2005

China Restricts MMORPG Play for Minors

From theinquirer: China says "No!" to PK'ing minors in MMORPGs

"China has launched a crackdown on massively multiplayer online game which have become extremely popular over there. According to Chinese publication Interfax, authorities unveiled new regulations that will prohibit minors under the age of 18 [as opposed to minors over the age of 18 -Ed] from playing violent online games that allow them to kill other players in what is known commonly as Player vs. Player (PvP) in the west, though Chinese authorities have termed it "Player Kills" (PK)."

"15.8% of the 103 million Chinese internet users are aged under 18, and nearly half of all China’s 20 million online videogamers prefer MMO games to any other type of online game."

Read more:
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Gamania Brings Sony's "EverQuest II" Online Game to China
China Plans to Invest $1.8 Billion in Online Gaming
Paying Player Base for World of Warcraft (WoW) has Surpassed 1.5 Million in China
The Chinese MMORPG Market: Legend of Mir II vs. World of Warcraft


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