The novel Coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the city of Wuhan in China, slowly found its way into all corners of the world. While being able to curb the spread in their own country, the Communist Party of China received major criticism from all around for letting the virus outbreak turn into a pandemic. Now, the government has come up with a new regulation regarding online gaming in the country, which will see an effective ban of Chinese national players from interacting with foreign gamers in multiplayer games.
The news was confirmed by a Taiwanese media outlet Taiwan News, which stated that the ban will not allow players to send gaming invites or messages to any player outside China, let alone participate in any online match together.
“The communist regime is said to have noticed an authority vacuum in online multiplayer games, which enables people to socialize without monitoring freely. Local metropolises are scrambling to draft laws to expand the scope of online censorship in video games and even prohibit gamers from meeting and chatting with people on the other side of the Great Firewall,” the news portal stated.
“As the CCP’s audacious global propaganda campaign to silence critics abroad and to defend its infallibility fails to work out, the new law is expected to block Chinese people from learning how the world is reacting to Beijing’s handling of the outbreak and subsequent cover-ups,” the report added.
On Aptil 10th, CCP also banned the recently released social simulation video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which turned out to be a super hit in the Nintendo Switch console.
The ban on Animal Crossing came in effect after many players showed their detest through the game, including pro-Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, who decorated his in-game island with anti-China messages, such as “Free Hong Kong, revolution now.”
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 😷 (@joshuawongcf) April 10, 2020
Along with a total ban on multiplayer onlne games, the CCP also announced to have surveillance on every single player online gaming activity, and also imposed an online gaming curfew from 10pm to 8am for gamers under the age of 18, and also restricted the maximum amount of money they can spend on gaming.