China: stop playing video games at night for children

To combat underage video game addiction and stay one step ahead of the regulations, Tencent has just implemented facial recognition in its video games in China. Any child who tries to play at night will be automatically logged out.

The colossus Tencent, which holds more than half of the video game market share in the country, just announced that the company will now use a facial recognition system called Midnight Patrol (the midnight patrol) directly integrated into his video games to prevent minors from connecting at night. In a statement on the social network WeChat, Tencent says it is implementing this measure “so that children can sleep well”.

The Chinese authorities take the issue very seriously addiction to video games. In 2019, the government implemented new rules that prohibit minors from accessing video games between 10pm and 8am and limit game time to 90 minutes per day. This measure is ensured by the obligation to use one’s real identity in order to connect.

However, some children circumvent this ban by using the identity of one of their parents or another adult. Tencent will then automatically turn on facial recognition for all adult accounts that exceed a certain night play time. Their face is then checked against a database and, if it is a child, access is automatically blocked.

Anyone who refuses facial recognition will be considered a child, but adults whose account has been incorrectly blocked will be able to perform a facial scan again to be correctly identified.

China is not the only country to impose restrictions on children’s play time. South Korea also bans children from playing between midnight and 6am.

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