China's National Press and Publication Administration (NAPP) launched a website named "reporting platform for gaming companies implementation of anti-addiction regulations" yesterday, dedicated to monitoring misbehaviors in the gaming industry.
The website allows the public to report gaming companies if they have one of the three types of misbehavior: violation or negligence on real-name registration requirements, violation of limiting playtime for minors, violation or negligence of stopping minors from spending too much money in games. It is currently in trial operations.
The "Guide on Reporting" section of this website has detailed criteria on minors spending money in games: users under the age of 8 should not be allowed to spend any money, users over 8 and under 16 should not be allowed to make a single purchase for more than 50 yuan or monthly accumulated purchase more than 200 yuan, users above 16 and under 18 should not be allowed to make a single purchase for more than 100 yuan or monthly accumulated purchase more than 400 yuan.
To report misbehaviors, one is required to fill in their real name, gender, phone number, email address, and national ID number, as well as the reportee's name, parent company, and download venues. The public can track the investigation progress on the same site after filing a report but not report repeatedly.
The launching of this website comes a week after regulators summon game companies like Tencent and Netease to a meeting, pressing them to take responsibility for protecting minors' physical and mental health. Reportedly, regulators have also slowed down approval processes for new games since then.
Reporting and public vigilance are often encouraged in China when it comes to implementing and enforcing new regulations.
For example, the Cyberspace Administration of China has a website that accepts "illegal and bad information" reports in cyberspace. In addition, China's Ministry of Public Security has a website for people to report internet crimes.