China has temporarily suspended approval of all new online games to curb a gambling addiction among young people, the South China Morning Post reported Thursday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
The decision was revealed during a meeting between Chinese authorities and industry giants Tencent Holdings Ltd and NetEase Inc, the report said, adding that it was not clear until when the suspension would last.
Beijing had sued gambling companies, including Tencent and NetEase, on Wednesday.
Tencent declined to comment. NetEase did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
China decided in August to ban young people under the age of 18 from playing video games for more than three hours a week, as it was necessary to curb a growing addiction to what it once described as “spiritual opium.”
China has launched a wide-ranging crackdown on a wide range of sectors, including technology, education and real estate, to strengthen government control after years of runaway growth.
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