The world’s biggest gaming company, Tencent, will start requiring ID verification for online play as well as limiting playtime for children under 12 years of age to just under an hour of gameplay per day.
WSJ reports that Tencent will be implementing a verification system that would check players’ ID and their ages against China’s countrywide database. They company is aiming to have the system implementing in 10 mobile games by the end of 2018, with them aiming for 2019 to have the system included in ALL of their games.
The restrictions are said to be the harshest implemented to Chinese gamers yet as the government continues its efforts in controlling the new medium. The government has been staunch in its efforts to limit “addictive and violent” content censoring or outright banning multiple games this year.
Although gamers outside of Japan have nothing to worry about, Tencent isn’t taking a stand against such Chinese regulation either but instead “pioneering” new systems to help it according to Chenyu Cui, a senior research analyst at IHS Markit.
With a market value of over $550 billion, Tencent owns shares in many companies whose games you may play. Tencent’s game division owns Riot Games outright with notable shares in Activision Blizzard, Epic Games and Ubisoft. The company is a major influencer in the gaming industry.
Honor of Kings was the first game to implement the new system back in September due to it becoming so popular that Chinese students were skipping their homework to play the game late into the night. Kids aged 12 and younger will be limited to one hour of playtime per day with online systems being inaccessible to them during the hours of 9pm to 8am. Youngers aged 13 to 18 will be able to play 2 hours per day.
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