Tencent uses police data to limit game time of Chinese children




The Chinese Internet giant Tencent will use police databases for verification of age in various mobile games in China. With this, the publisher wants to limit the number of hours that children under 18 spend in the games.

According to Bloomberg , Tencent announced this plan in a message on WeChat. The company will use data from police databases to check the age and identity of gamers in ten popular mobile games by the end of this year. Tencent has been using such a procedure for some time in the Honor of Kings game, which is popular in China. In 2019, Tencent will use this tool for all its own games.

A distinction is made between different age groups. For example, the policy is strictest for children aged twelve or younger. They may play a maximum of one hour per day and may not play in their entirety between 9 pm and 8 am. Chinese children between the ages of twelve and eighteen can not spend more than two hours a day on the games.

Tencent justifies this policy by stating that it contributes to a healthy activity of children. With this, the company probably meets the wishes of the Chinese government. In September, China published a report stating that Chinese children are at high risk for eye diseases such as nearsightedness due to the popularity of mobile games. With this in mind, the government proposed to introduce restrictions.


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