Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
July 24, 2019
arrowPress Releases







If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Tencent will use police databases to restrict playtime in China

Tencent will use police databases to restrict playtime in China

November 5, 2018 | By Chris Kerr

November 5, 2018 | By Chris Kerr
More: Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing



Tech giant Tencent intends to start verifying the identifies of its players so it can more effectively restrict the playtime of youths in China. 

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the company will use a new verification system to check player's identities and ages against police databases, making it increasingly difficult for young players to overindulge in their favorite mobile games. 

The system will be introduced in 10 titles this year, and is expected to be implemented across Tencent's entire roster by 2019. 

This isn't the first time the company has attempted to impose restrictions on players, particularly those on the young side. 

Earlier this year, Tencent tried to limit Honor of Kings players below the age of 12 to one hour of play per day, while those aged between 12 and 18 were given two hours of playtime. 

Underage players quickly found a workaround, however, with youngsters across China buying fake IDs and creating fake online personas specifically so they could spend more time in-game. 

It was a curious turn of events, and it'll be interesting to see whether Tencent's new system proves more robust than the last.



Related Jobs

Sony PlayStation
Sony PlayStation — San Mateo, California, United States
[07.23.19]

Head of Global Portfolio & Acquisitions
Cold Iron Studios
Cold Iron Studios — San Jose, California, United States
[07.23.19]

Senior World Builder
Cold Iron Studios
Cold Iron Studios — San Jose, California, United States
[07.23.19]

Sr. Character Artist
Cold Iron Studios
Cold Iron Studios — San Jose, California, United States
[07.23.19]

Principal Character Artist









Loading Comments

loader image