Tencent is rolling out facial recognition to prevent kids from staying up late playing games.

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2021-07-08 02:45:09

(CHK) Tencent’s face scanning feature will target young gamers who often play games at night.

Tech giant Tencent, which holds a series of rights to publish famous online games such as League of Legends, PUBG Mobile and other major games, has just officially applied the controversial tool. It is a facial recognition system with integrated real-time tracking to limit children and teenagers from playing games all night and all morning.

According to Sixth Tone, starting July 6, Tencent Games’ facial recognition feature – linked to data from the public security system – will monitor players and detect who spends too much time playing. game at night. The initiative is called “Night Patrol”, which targets young gamers who often sneak their parents to play games from 10pm to 8am the next morning.

Tencent Games announced: “We will conduct face scans of accounts registered with real names and have played a lot at night. Anyone who refuses to verify their face will be classified as a minor. As stated in Tencent’s anti-gaming monitoring system, they will be forced to go offline at night.”

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Game addiction among adolescents is increasingly alarming. In 2019, Chinese authorities have introduced a series of measures to limit this situation, such as registering real names, limiting the number of purchases on game platforms, banning children from playing from 10 pm to 8 pm. shining…

Tencent plans to roll out face scanning to more than 60 popular games, including Honor of Kings and Game for Peace, and plans to include the feature in more titles in the future. Tencent has been testing facial recognition to check users’ ages in Beijing and Shenzhen since late 2018.

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