Parents fear grip of mobile games
As the summer vacation approaches, the biggest concern for most Chinese parents is what to do with their kids — in particular how to stop them squandering money on mobile games.
In early June, a single mother in Heilong jiang province discovered her triplet sons had run up a bill of over 18,000 yuan ($2,700) on her credit card through in-app purchases while playing video games.
A 17-year-old gamer in Guangzhou was diagnosed with cerebral infarction in April after playing the online game King of Glory for 40 hours nonstop.
These are just two of the many cases related to mobile games that have been buzzing on the Chinese internet in recent months.
According to a report by the China Internet Network Information Center, 170 million under-18s have access to the web, with 43 percent spending over an hour a day on tablets and smartphones.