China is now clamping down on gaming addiction and it’s getting help from Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings to do it.
It introduced a registration system for its hugely popular game Honour of kings that checks the age and identity of players against a police database earlier this year. It plans to extend this system to all Tencent games by 2019. According to media reports.
This means players will be required to provide their real names and not pseudonyms when registering their player identities.
The initiative will help curb game addition in China. Children under 12 can only be able to play for an hour a day while older children can play for up to two hours, but not during a nighttime curfew.
Chinese authorities are concerned for the health impacts of gaming addiction on children’s social behavior and physical fitness.
Under pressure from local regulators, Tencent introduced restrictions in July 2017 to limit the amount of time children spend playing Honour of Kings.
Earlier this year, the company added a real-name registration system to encourage players to keep to the rules and carried out trials of facial-recognition software.
Tencent, which also operates the Chinese social network WeChat, posted its first profit decline since 2005 this summer.
It blames the drop on tighter regulations especially around the approval of licences that allow companies to make money from new mobile games.