Tencent now uses facial recognition technology in China to stop kids from gaming after dark

Written by Chad Norton on Sat, Jul 10, 2021 11:00 AM
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Remember those late nights where you would sneak your Gameboy or Nintendo DS under the bed covers and continue playing games when your parents thought you were going to sleep? Well, those days are now numbered for children in China as Tencent has just started using facial recognition technology to prevent them from playing games after their bedtime.

The move follows China’s increasing regulations on video games, especially those under a certain age. In 2019, the new restrictions require gaming companies in China to implement real name verification as well as limiting how long and how much people can spend on games. But as we all know, it can be pretty easy to circumvent an age verification system, so these restrictions weren’t quite strict enough.

Enter Tencent, who now require facial recognition verification in their mobile titles to verify their identity and how old they are, preventing those under a certain age from playing some games after 10pm and before 8am.

The move is in order to crackdown on China’s increasing issues with gaming addiction, which can easily start at a young age. Although this is certainly understandable, issues around privacy and freedom have been brought up including the infamous social credit system.

But the issues don’t end there, since Tencent is not just a Chinese company and they own large stakes in other studios across the world including Epic Games, Riot Games, Platinum Games etc. and so worries of systems like this migrating to westernized versions of the games have been raised, although still unlikely.

The facial recognition system has so far been implemented in 60 of Tencent’s games - all of which are on mobile - including popular titles like Game for Peace and Honor of Kings. However, it will continue to roll out into more of Tencent’s titles, likely including the hit multiplayer game League of Legends.

What do you think? How could this system be used in nefarious ways? Do you think something like this could eventually be implemented across the world? Or would there be too much of an uproar? Let us know your thoughts!

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22:12 Jul-17-2021

they'll low key implement this on games they publish.. outside china

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15:32 Jul-18-2021

I hope that never happens.

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13:54 Jul-11-2021

This invasive creepy Tencent practice is to stay ahead of creepy legislation regarding gaming.


Legislation is focused on fixing gaming whereas it should really be focused on fixing slightly bigger problems like not committing genocide of Uyghur Muslims or forcing them into forced labor or getting the silver medal by coming in second place for running the second biggest concentration camp after Adolf Hitler or you know just trying to be fcking human for a change.

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19:02 Jul-11-2021

I agree 100%

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07:34 Jul-11-2021

Facial recognition and kids do not belong in the same sentence.

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15:32 Jul-18-2021

Couldn't agree more

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00:24 Jul-11-2021

And this is why I hate the Chinese government more and more every single day. This does not surprise me in the least.

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19:03 Jul-11-2021

Sadly, things are only going to get worse.

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19:53 Jul-11-2021

... Unfortunately...

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22:37 Jul-11-2021

Well western countries will go there as well in the future

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23:22 Jul-10-2021

Yeah, this is China being China with their violation of rights and privacy on the level where you could call it rape. Am I surprised? Nope, it is so China thing to do. All we can do is fight back, so it stays there. Since in China they don't really get a choice, but we do have choice. Though dunno where this will end, if it comes to war, it will be bloody and devastating one for everyone involved.

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20:57 Jul-10-2021

Facial recognition heh? Just put a mask with Odin's face XD

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00:52 Jul-11-2021

Considering that you probably need to register your face and national ID for the Chinese system the mask sadly won't work.

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22:38 Jul-11-2021

Just register with the mask xd

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03:33 Jul-12-2021

Love your sense of humor

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15:37 Jul-10-2021

The future is gonna be all about legacy systems.

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16:50 Jul-10-2021

For playing certain games it already is

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18:31 Jul-12-2021

Lately i've just been playin stuff which requires internet connection and i've stll yet to touch the multiplayer component of said stuff. Heck, i most likely won't touch it. lol

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23:35 Jul-12-2021

Same

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13:22 Jul-10-2021

This will end badly...

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13:12 Jul-10-2021

Considering that China is rapidly taking over every industry in every country, it is only a matter of time until they control when, where and which games we can play, if at all. It is inevitable.

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13:24 Jul-10-2021

Only if everyone rolls over and submits like a weakling.
Will you be one of them?

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13:36 Jul-10-2021

No. I'm just a realist. Democracy and human rights are lost. They aren't even hiding their aggression anymore: https://youtu.be/eRj-VgcDHV4

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14:45 Jul-10-2021

I'm pretty sure hiding went out of the window when China invaded Hong Kong.

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17:42 Jul-10-2021

Thats fcking disgusting

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14:22 Jul-10-2021

Extrapolating the effects of human interactions into the far future is impossible, but I remain an optimist... human developments thus far have consistently elevated standards of living, so perhaps the future will be a more bright and wonderous one than we think.


Oh, on a topic WE can appreciate: Haven't Computer game developments been increasingly better over time... each year adding to the imagination and joy we glean.

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19:05 Jul-11-2021

The social credit system (which China has started outsourcing to 3rd world countries it controls) along with their concentration camps, invasion of Hong Kong, and gradual annexing of territory from 17 other countries is a reality NOW.

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19:06 Jul-11-2021

One doesn't need to look into the "far future" to see that our lives will be far worse than that depicted in 1984, if we're even allowed to live. The CCP guy in the video said it himself. They intend to purge the world.

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19:06 Jul-11-2021

Some eye candy and flashy video games won't change the fact that our lives, liberty and independent free thought will be forcibly taken from us.

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23:38 Jul-11-2021

Militant opposition against China could result in an immediate disaster for all of us and a subversive approach might just increase enmity over time. If you want to change others to suit you sometimes you have to present them with something that will also benefit them. What do you suggest Aaron?

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16:13 Jul-12-2021

Giving China something it wants? Taiwan? Philippines? India? Africa? Ahh, I see that you're making the same argument Neville Chamberlain made about trying not to upset Hitler. So in order to avoid war, better to submit to tyranny?

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17:12 Jul-12-2021

The best strategic move is the one which results in the greatest possible advantage at the lowest cost. Conceding something as significant as a country/continent is definitely not an option since it promotes your enemies position in the long term.
Unfortunately reoccurring conflicts come naturally to a belligerent species, but as civilization grows so grows are ability to destroy ourselves through increasingly more power weapons... we must eventually consign warfare to the past. I agree with

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17:13 Jul-12-2021

... you though, I value the morals you have been are promoting.
The best way you might combat this is in unifying others in civil opposition: deprive them of what they need until they give you something that will benefit you... but sometimes trying to stop conflict is as futile as trying to beat back waves.

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12:15 Jul-10-2021

Yeah, this is totally not a terrifiying prospect for the future.

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13:25 Jul-10-2021

China is beyond 1984 already...

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