What is "playing too long"? How much is too long?

How long is "rest for a few minutes"?

What is the purpose of this feature? Player benefits? Account maintenance?

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  • That's really odd. I Havnt seen that, just timed out notifications.
    – Spit2703
    Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 21:20
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    Addiction level 99..:D
    – Mark
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 7:03
  • barb armies are always ready to attack :/
    – Esqarrouth
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 9:42

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The Personal Break was introduced in the May 2013 patch. According to this thread on the forums, a break will occur after eight hours of continuous play; you'll need to close the app for a few minutes before you can play again. This was apparently introduced to prevent players from staying online continuously and avoiding attacks.

Update: the new patch 12/10/15 has shortened the amount of time you can play consecutively to 3 hours after which you must take a personal break.

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    Wow. Never noticed that before... Good answer!
    – user92092
    Commented Jan 31, 2015 at 22:22
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    More likely it was introduced to avoid lawsuits in case someone will die while playing it from starvation/dehydration - it happened before. So they can say "here, we told the player to stop. Not our fault". Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 13:41
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    No, it was added because players were staying online 24/7 and avoiding attack. If you're not attacked, you don't lose trophies or loot. Jorge Yao even said he used this technique to stay the top player by trophy count for 6mo (or however long he was on top). Here's a response from staff on the forum when the feature was introduced: forum.supercell.net/showthread.php/…
    – bobpaul
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 15:43

Happened again, now I timed it. It takes exactly 5 minutes before you can play again.

Note: Changing devices does not fool the system, no need to try it.

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    lol ,I tried changing devices , coc trolled me =( Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 22:07
  • Changing accounts should fool the system, it's likely stored server side, per-account. Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 13:43
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    Changing accounts provides no benefit. The reason to stay online to to protect your trophies and resources (people can't attack you while you're online). If you switch from account A to account B, then people can attack account A because it's now offline (unless you used gems to pay for a shield).
    – bobpaul
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 15:45

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