Tencent recently announced that it will limit gaming time for minors in China this summer.
That means Chinese gamers won’t have much time to spend on video games during vacation. Previously, in August 2021, China’s National Press and Public Administration had imposed restrictions on playing time for minors in the country.
Players can only play the game for a total playtime of 21 hours during vacation. The Chinese government had previously announced that children could only play for one hour a day and two hours on holiday. Tencent announced that it will limit the gaming time of those under the age of 18 to one hour a day on specific days during the holiday season. Children under 12 years old cannot make any in-game purchases.
Tencent has announced a gaming schedule in which minors can only play from 8pm to 9pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, limiting total playtime to 21 hours during vacations. ceremony. A minor’s account will be locked beyond a certain period of time.
The company will use the Midnight Patrol facial recognition system to enforce game time limits. In 2018, Tencent tested facial recognition technology for the first time. Then, in July 2021, the company introduced the Midnight Patrol facial recognition system. Tencent uses facial recognition technology to ensure that kids don’t use their parents’ accounts to play some extra hours in the game.
Under Chinese regulations, face scanning is mandatory for anyone opening a mobile account. Tencent will cross-check scanned faces using China’s national database. However, adults are not scanned before logging into the game. However, the game company in Shenzhen may also require face scans for adults if they see any suspicious activity on their accounts to ensure that the game players are not children.
While many in the gaming industry appreciate limiting game time in the first place, others are against it, which is controversial. Over-regulation of anything can lead to the opposite of what is expected.