A popular video game in China has been identified by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as a potential threat to combat readiness.

Excerpts from the Chinese-language article from the People’s Liberation Army Daily, a state-run media outlet for the military, were posted in the South China Morning Post.

The game has already infiltrated … the daily lives of some soldiers and officers, affecting [their] physical and psychological health on a certain level”, the PLA Daily article said.

“Over-addiction to mobile phone games is gradually harming the physical and psychological health of soldiers and officers. It even poses a threat to security management and could undermine combat capability.”

The game in question is called Honour of Kings, a fantasy game made exclusively for mobile phones. The game was created by Tencent, a video game developer responsible for League of Legends, which is currently the world’s most popular PC game.

Gaming on mobile phones is much more practical for Chinese citizens, who rarely have access to game consoles of personal computers.

The Chinese government has targeted Honour of Kings before, due to its overwhelming popularity with young Chinese citizens. The government has called the game ‘poison’, and in response Tencent has said it would limit access to the game for children 12 and under to only one hour per day.

But for soldiers in the PLA, like soldiers everywhere, downtime in the barracks has enabled them to spend an inordinate amount of time playing the game. Chinese soldiers were reportedly allowed cell phones in their barracks only last year. The report said that entire platoons would remain in their barracks over the weekends playing the game.