China launches facial recognition system to track underage gamers

Tencent launched a facial recognition system to track underage gamers who play at night called Midnight Patrol on July 5.

The government will also be able to monitor the situation through integration with China’s central public security system. It allows you to identify and monitor underage gamers who play at night. Now, in order to play from 22:00 to 08:00, you will have to scan your face and enter the Network under your real name. Anyone who refuses to check and scan will be considered a minor – he will not be allowed to play.

There are also other restrictions for teenagers: on the duration of the game session and the investment of real money.

Initially, the system will work with 60 of the most popular games in China – including the multiplayer MOBA strategy Honor of Kings and the “battle royale” Game for Peace – the analogue of PUBG in the country. In the future, they plan to connect it to most games.

In 2019, China passed a law aimed at preventing “unhealthy juvenile addiction to online games.” It includes a ban on minors from playing video games between 10:00 pm and 8:00 am, and a limitation of playing time to 90 minutes per day. The law also prohibits children from spending more than $ 28 a month on microtransactions.

In addition, the government of the Celestial Empire obliges all persons, regardless of age, to register in games under real names, and also prohibits titles containing “explicit sexual scenes, cruelty, violence and gambling.” At the same time, it was announced that a unified system for identifying gamers would be developed.

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