For Many Chinese Gamers, the Office Replaces the Internet Café

“I studied so hard in middle school to attend a good high school. And I studied so hard in high school to do well on the gaokao [exam] to get into a good college. Now I just want to relax,” says Tony Wang, a 20-something marketing assistant in Beijing. Like many young Chinese professionals, he passes some idle time at the office immersed in online games. “Maybe four or five hours a week,” he estimates. Sometimes he imagines his annoying colleagues are among the animated onscreen targets.

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