Government of India eyes to tackle gaming addiction by imposing time and spending limits

But when?

The Government of India is considering regulating the amount of time and money people spend on online and real-money titles to protect kids and young adults who might be becoming addicted to gaming.

India had previously reported not implementing restrictions on playtime

According to the report from The Economic Times, this recommendation came in the middle of meetings at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The report also clarifies that the meeting also had discussed different aspects of the Information Technology Rules of 2021.

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If India does implement these limitations, it wouldn’t be the first country to do so. China is known for its playtime restrictions, as the government wants to prevent gaming addiction for players under the age of 18. However, this decision will be a backtracking of a report in 2022, which mentioned India will not restrict play time for online games.

An official at the IT Ministry said they consider time limits better than stating which games are acceptable or not. They were concerned that groups formed for this could be compromised by the gambling industry. A report released by WinZO and the Interactive Entertainment and Innovation Council said that around 140 million of these gamers spend money on these games.

Well, to be fair, India has a huge gaming market, with an estimated population of around 570 million people who regularly play, and it could be an issue if players are addicted to gambling, and restricting time and spending on gaming seems like a good start.

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In the recent developments, we have seen how strict the government would be, including the ban on BGMI and a 3-month trial which was given on its comeback. We shall need to see how this will unfold in the following days.

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