Tencent is about to introduce radical changes in his way of managing young players. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tencent will soon limit online gambling time for young people in China, thus limiting these kids to less than an hour of gambling time a day.
Implemented for the first time in September, the verification system targeted players under the age of 12 on a popular mobile game, "Honor of Kings". This game had become so popular among young Chinese that it was pushing a lot of students to sleep, to play more often – Fortnite, no matter who?
Now these same students will be limited to one hour per day of online gaming time. Players aged 13 to 18 can play up to two hours a day. The two groups are not allowed to play between 9 pm and 8 am, according to a spokesman for Tencent.
"Minor protection is an important task to which the whole society pays special attention," said a representative of the company at the WSJ. "[Tencent] has a high degree of responsibility and obligation."
To verify identities, the company plans to require that government identifications be uploaded to its servers for all existing accounts and all new ones. He will then verify these identities in government databases, including those of law enforcement agencies.
In China, this could represent hundreds of millions of checks. According to a report published in 2018 by market research firm Niko Partners, the country could exceed one billion players and generate a $ 42 billion business figure by 2022 against 604 million so far.
By the end of the year, the system will be in place for 10 mobile games, says Tencent. He plans to extend the system to all titles in 2019.