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Parents to pull plug on game addicts

YOUNG people addicted to online games may find themselves cut off by operators acting on parents' tip-offs.

Six top Chinese online game operators, including Tencent and Shanda, launched a project in Beijing yesterday to allow parents or guardians to report their children.

If they phone one of the companies, operators can suspend service to the child involved.

The move has won the support from the Ministry of Culture. Li Xiong, director of its Internet culture department, said the move underscores the game operators' discipline and commitment to social responsibility.

Li expects more companies to join the project.

The number of online game players in China surged 33 percent to 66 million over the past year, according to a recent gaming industry report.


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