Beijing orders real-name game registering

08:17, June 23, 2010      

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Online game providers in China must begin registering all Web players by their legitimate real-names from August 1 this year, in an apparent bid to sooth parents' rising complaint that games are destroying their children's school time.

Insiders believe that the move will be a litmus test for Beijing to spread real-name online registering and commentating later.

Addiction to online games is said to wreck havoc on a new generation of Internet-frenzy kids in China, sociologists have warned. Some school children are found spending more than eight hours a day on the net.

The Ministry of Culture, regulator of online games and social networking, announced Tuesday rules that order all online game players to register their real names, stipulated in their legitimate ID cards or passports, before participating in virtual competitions in the Cyberspace.

The new regulation will apply to all domestic and imported multiplayer role-playing games as well as social networking games, and, Internet users who want to play a particular online game must go though a real-name registration process with valid identifications, the regulation said.

Online game players have quadrupled within three years to 108 million by the end of May, according to the official China Internet Network Information Center.

The new regulation also made clear the responsibilities of online game regulator and specified due procedures for screening imported online game products.

Preventing Chinese minors from becoming obsessed with and addicted to online games is the major aim of the new regulation, which also forbids online game providers from offering inappropriate games to minors.

And, minors are not allowed to trade in virtual currency in the Cyberspace.

The new regulation is almost certain to have a negative impact on the business of online game providers and, gradually, on the business of game producers, experts say.

However, parents who pin much hope on their offspring's schooling and a good college education hail the government move. Reports that schoolchildren spend days and weeks in Internet cafes are not rare in China.

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