Following China’s restrictions on gaming for minors, gaming companies are making use of facial recognition to remove children who have reached their gaming limits.
According to a new mandate passed by the government, on August 30, 2021, minors in China will be restricted to only sixty minutes of gaming, between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and holidays.
This is being done by the government, in an attempt to restrict the youth from wasting too much of its time on entertainment that is deemed as unhealthy by the current communist government in China. The restrictions on technology being set by the government clearly reflect the growing concerns over the rising problem of gaming addiction amongst the children in the country.
The brunt of ensuring that the regulations are maintained fall upon the companies such as Tencent, NetEase and Bilibili whose games such Honor of Kings are wildly popular amongst the youth, especially minors, in China. In order to do so, the companies have amongst other measures, set up real name registration systems. This is being done to ensure young gamers are not exceeding the set time limits.
The companies have also put in place facial recognition system. The system requires the users wishing to get access to their games must verify their identities first. Regulations passed by the government also require video game developers ensure that their games do not contain harmful content such as violence.
China's Regulations On Limiting Video Gaming Time For Its Minors: Reuters
Experts are however sceptical about how far these restrictions will go in helping the government ensure the curb on the video game addiction amongst the minors. Many are even predicting that the children might just switch to other forms of applications and media if forced to stop gaming.
It all started when the Chinese state run Xinhua News Agency published a scathing report on the ill effects of video gaming on minors and likened the activity to “spiritual opium”. To read more on the restrictions put by the Chinese government to limit the video gaming amongst its minors, click here.
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