The tech company from China, Tencent, is starting new regulations to identify below-age gamers to control the addiction of gaming in the nation. From the month of September, the firm is planning to implement a system where the gamers will have to register with their original names which will then be verified by the country’s public security account.
The system can determine the age of children and the number of hours they are spending on the game and accordingly restrict their timings.
This is the first time this type of rule will be implemented in the gaming industry. Tencent is also the operator of China’s social network called WeChat. The company declared a downfall in their profits for the first time in the summers this year since the year 2005. The firm is putting an absence of proper regulations as a reason for the decline in their profit ratio. The government has become quite stringent in its policies regarding the money matters in case of these companies who are earning from sale of latest mobile games.
Tencent’s most popular game is called Honour of Kings, which is based on historical figures from China. The game is exclusive to playing on mobile and that has added to its popularity as many young children do not have easy availability of a PC or game console at their home. The game app is free for downloading on mobile but it comes with some in-app charges which the players have to indulge in at later stages. The game was termed as an addictive drug or poison by a newspaper in the last year. This was followed by Tencent’s decision to restrict the gaming hours for children. The limit is set to 1 hour per day in the case of children under 12 age group and set to 2 hours in case of children between 13 and 18 age group.