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.
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.