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The first law to govern China's booming market of online games took effect on Sunday. The regulation, issued by the Ministry of Culture, states that online games targeting minors must be free of content that leads to the imitation of behavior that violates social morals and law.
It also requires gaming companies to develop techniques that limit the gaming time of minors to prevent addiction. Players will also have to register using their real names, ID numbers, addresses and phone numbers.
Tuo Zuhai, Deputy Director of Department of Cultural Market, Ministry of Culture, said, "It's not just new online gamers who need to register with their real names and contact details, old players also need to submit their information within a certain amount of time. It will take quite some time for online game companies to verify all this information."
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