Clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem could al­low kids to glory in games

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - THE SHARE PRICES

of most smart­phone elec­tronic game com­pa­nies dropped markedly in China’s A-share mar­ket on Tues­day, af­ter grow­ing crit­i­cism from the public about a pop­u­lar elec­tronic game. Bei­jing News com­ments:

Last month, a 13-year-old mid­dle school stu­dent died af­ter he threw him­self out of a win­dow at his home in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, be­cause his father wanted him to quit his ad­dic­tion to Ten­cent’s game King of Glory.

There have been many re­ports of mid­dle and pri­mary school stu­dents steal­ing money so they can make in-game pur­chases. Some have dropped out of school to play the game. It is not a busi­ness prob­lem, but a so­cial prob­lem.

Many peo­ple have ac­cused the elec­tronic game com­pa­nies of car­ing only about their rev­enue with­out ful­fill­ing their obli­ga­tions to re­mind young­sters of the pos­si­ble neg­a­tive in­flu­ence that con­stantly play­ing these games may have on their men­tal and phys­i­cal health.

King of Glory is the high­est gross­ing game in the world this year, with an es­ti­mated rev­enue of

around 6 bil­lion yuan ($883 mil­lion) in the first quar­ter.

How­ever, due to the mount­ing public pres­sure Ten­cent has re­stricted the num­ber of hours play­ers un­der the age of 12 can play the game each day.

Yet it is un­fair to de­mo­nize the game com­pa­nies. The in­ter­net in­dus­try as a whole in China lacks the nec­es­sary stan­dards and ef­fec­tive su­per­vi­sion, and ig­nores public in­ter­ests while be­ing ob­sessed by chas­ing quick prof­its.

The in­dus­try should take the op­por­tu­nity to es­tab­lish an age-based clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem for games, so as to bet­ter bal­ance the in­dus­try’s de­vel­op­ment and its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The big com­pa­nies in the in­dus­try need to take the lead in in­tro­duc­ing such a long-over­due clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem, which would not only pro­tect the in­ter­ests of the public but also their own.

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