Tencent starts using facial recognition to ban night play for Chinese children

Tencent starts using facial recognition to ban night play for Chinese children

Tencent continues to follow the Chinese rules that limit the playing time for minors. Now, the tech giant will make nighttime play sessions for Chinese kids a lot more difficult now – they’ll need to verify their identity with their face if they want to play after 10:00 p.m.

The principle of operation is simple: if children under the age of 18 try to play a game after 22:00 and before 08:00, then they will need to go through an identity check to verify their identity and age. This additional measure was introduced to stop children from easily circumventing previous restraint methods in order to enforce China’s strict gaming laws.

The technology is currently working in 60 titles of the company.

In this way, China is trying to limit the widespread interest in interactive entertainment among children in the country. Opponents of such rules point out that in the future, excessive interest in video games may negatively affect the social rating of citizens in China.

This new facial recognition system is likely an attempt by Tencent to continue to benefit from the Chinese government. The company makes a lot of money in the country, but sometimes China seriously intervenes in business. For example, it temporarily restricts the registration of new games in the Middle Kingdom.

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