Government decides tighter control over cyber game centres and internet cafes

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Gaming Centres and Internet Cafes

On 13th of December, 2013, the cabinet decided to impose tighter regulation on gaming centres and internet cafes. Currently, over 500 cafes exist in the capital Ulaanbaatar. Customers of these cafes usually play violent games sometimes overnight and use alcohol and smoke while playing. Also, it has been mentioned that under-age customers browse through adult websites which worry parents and teachers. In order to halt these activities the cabinet approved a guideline on “Regulation on Cyber Game Centre Operation”. The Minister of Justice Kh.Temuujin will be responsible implementing the guideline.

According to the official press release of the cabinet the main purpose of the guideline is to regulate the operations by imposing new requirements, register these centres, and monitor its operations in order to prevent crime and protect children’s rights.

The guideline prohibit internet cafe and gaming centre operating together and in first or ground floors of an apartment. Also, it requires that these centres and cafes should have a security camera inside and outside of the location keeping the record of at least 21 days. The timetable will be 8 pm in summer and 6 pm in winter. The operating staff must have basic knowledge in “information technology” and must be over 20 years old. Also, those who are under 12 years old and also intoxicated people will not be allowed. Servicing with pawning such as documents or other items is also prohibited.

Comment sections of the news websites are full of comments with outraged business owners and customers accusing the government on limiting business activities which will have a negative effect on the economy. Some suggests there are other ways to prevent children spending huge amount of time in these centres. Earlier, this year, the supermarkets were also prohibited working 24 hours. The club and pub hours are also limited with the argument of negative effects in the society among young people.

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