Online Gaming Lockdown In Vietnam

Late-night Vietnamese gamers have been struck a blow by the country’s Ministry of Information and Communication. As of March the 3rd, internet service providers in Vietnam will be coerced by the Ministry to disallow any access to online games between the times of 10pm-8am. The reason is to sidestep the problems associated with gaming addiction and the “problems” it can cause to an individual and their surrounding environments.

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With 23 million people (26% of the country’s population)  having access to the internet, this motion will no doubt have an impact on Vietnam’s steadily-growing gaming culture. Not only are hard-working individuals being denied of content they have paid for, but a number of internet cafes will also have their incomes sawn down. Game service providers including Asiasoft and VTC Intercom  have said that the access block will also prevent them from maintaining their products effectively.

Aside from the temporary measures in place, the Ministry is also looking to revise a future scheme, though whether or not this will be more lenient is yet to be seen.

Source: Info.VN

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20 Comments

  1. WTF!! You would have thought the communist government would rather have the people sitting at home playng games, otherwise they may start getting ideas like Egypt, Libya, etc….

    • if we saw a government over powered because of computer games can you begin to imagin the news coverage? dear god please say it doesn’t happen

  2. Wow. And people complain about our government! It could be a lot worse!

  3. Having been to Vietnam , the internet is massively cheaper than th UK with good speeds

  4. Rediculous. You can’t get addicted to games. Their government obviously has too much time on their hands.

  5. I wish they’d do that here sometimes, I could do with one less 3am session

    • Isn’t that what a wife is for?

      • To turn you internet gaming off when you are playing too much I mean, that wasn’t a reference at the phrase “3am session” :P

    • same! so damn addictive :P

  6. So banning online games to stop gaming addiction? wont you just get addicted to offline gaming?

  7. If the government thinks that there is an issue with addiction, they should be allowed to take measures to address that. There are perhaps better ways of dealing with the problem (education/tracking who is using the internet for games and offering them help if their usage is extreme, for example), but I wouldn’t have thought that those times would be much of an issue for most “normal” gamers.

    I don’t really feel it’s our place particularly to complain about/support those ideas however. If the people who live in the country have an issue with their government’s ideas, it’s up to them to make those feelings known. (Obviously not all countries are as keen on free speech as the UK, so this could be easier said than done).

    • I agree. Even though it would take more resources and effort, the ministry should target a specific group of people who have an addiction or who are incredibly prone to one.

      A better alternative would be allotted game time, allowing people to play for a certain number of hours before they lose conenction.

      If anything, slapping a ban on this will fuel the addicts to finding a workaround and then consume the product even more, creating an even worse effect.

      • That’s a good point about workarounds, this could cause people to find illegal ways of playing late that have the effect of hiding the problem from everyone’s eyes, reducing the level of support available as everyone sees the problem appearing to go away.

    • I’ve just had a quick look online about human rights etc in Vietnam, and its not great, so maybe my point about local people complaining was a bit naive, but I still think that the Vietnamese government should, if it believes it to be the right idea, be allowed to make these laws in its own country, without so much negativity from foreign media. It’s not as if this severely infringes on people’s basic rights, they’ll just have to play offline (or, you know, go to sleep) between 10pm and 8am.

      Apologies if this all seems a little negative, maybe I’d be a bit more annoyed if I was the owner of a Vietnamese internet cafe! :)

    • ‘not all countries are as keen on free speech as the UK’

      hahahahah! lol good one!

      • Since when did “we” in the UK get true free speech, your classed as a terrorist if you protest without a licence nowadays.

        on topic: what if you work nights, at the weekends you play at night (at leased i did)???

  8. why is it always in countries where they routinely abuse and take away the rights of their citizens that they put in place bans like this claiming to suddenly care for their wellbeing?

    it comes across as disingenuous to say the least.

    • Very true, very truw indeed….

  9. Feels slightly heavy-handed (among other things, none of them good) but if that’s their approach, so be it. It has nothing to do with us or any any other other nation (that’s not to say we can’t talk about it of course).

  10. I’d be angry if i was in Vietnam!

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