Tencent starts facial recognition to stop late-night gamers

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Tencent, a Chinese internet giant, has launched a face recognition “midnight patrol” tool to catch youngsters impersonating adults to circumvent a regulatory curfew on underage gamers.
China has made it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to play online games between the hours of 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., as part of a slew of new laws aimed at weeding out the excesses of gaming culture among the youth, which range from deteriorating eyesight to internet addiction.
However, many underage gamers have circumvented the limitations by utilising adult-registered gaming accounts. Tencent, the world’s largest online gaming company, said last week that anyone playing with an adult ID after the curfew would be subjected to face verification checks.
Tencent also said that when altering safety settings meant to help parents limit their children’s gameplay, users would need to pass a face recognition test since “some youngsters have stolen their parents’ phones” to change the settings.
In a Tuesday social media post, the business started, “Kids, put your phones away and go to sleep” (July 6). The new features will be utilised in approximately 60 mobile games at first, including the viral multiplayer war game “Honor of Kings,” which has over 100 million daily users.
Chinese officials have been scrambling to keep up with the country’s ravenous desire for video games, particularly those played on mobile phones, which have been blamed for societal evils such as internet addiction and children’s nearsightedness.
Since then, the government has enacted a slew of additional regulations, including stricter limitations on virtual portrayals of violence and a quota on the number of online games that may be authorised each year.

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