Xi Jinping’s government has demonstrated a unique ability to exert control over everything from political speech to the internet. It may now have met its match: China’s children.
The country’s kids have taken to digital games like those around the world, playing hours of Honour of Kings and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Their enthusiasm has made China’s the world’s biggest game market and enriched companies like Tencent Holdings.
Now the government wants to break up the party. The Ministry of Education is leading a plan to curtail the number of online games in the country and limit the amount of time children play games. Parents are supposed to stop their kids from spending more than an hour a day on their electronics for non-educational purposes.