31 Jul

The Ministry of Information and Communication has placed new, strict regulations on online gaming in the country, stating the action as a preventative measure against youth corruption. Pending the exact implementation of the new regulations, the measure bans all overnight online gaming from taking place over public access channels and all advertisements for online gaming in general. A reported 3 million Vietnamese children engage in online gaming, 75% during weekdays, and 100% on the weekends.

The measure is temporary, continued implementation pending the end of the year. The government action is a response to large scale outcries in the country over the supposed effects of online gaming on children, which are said to include exposure to violence, gambling, and pornography. The time now spent away from online gaming, according to concerned parents, will hopefully reduce juvenile crime, truancy, and other problems within the demographic.