Tencent Games, one of the world’s largest game publishers, has announced that its system designed to curb gaming-addiction has ended its testing process. Tencent is now looking to fully implement the system for all its mobile game products in the first half of 2020.
In November of 2019, the General Administration of Press and Publication of China released a policy, aimed to prevent minors (people under 18-years-old) from playing online games to an excessive level. The policy requires all Chinese game publishers to push their users to complete a real-name registration process. In summary, Tencent’s system will limit users’ game time and the amount of money they can spend in game, if the user is under the age of 18.
According to the announcement, four games from Tencent have already implemented the system, including “I’m MT,” Peacekeeper Elite, Freedom Fantasy Online Mobile, and Tianlong Babu Mobile. Over eight games in total will include the regulation this week.
In addition, Tencent has updated its “User Game-Age Recommendation” information for multiple titles, including Honor of Kings, League of Legends, and FIFA Mobile. For example, FIFA Mobile is recognized as a game that can be moderately played by users between the ages of 12 and 18. For users aged 6-12, they are suggested to play under their guardian’s supervision.
Tencent’s quarterly results are expected to show that the company picked up millions of new gamers during the global coronavirus outbreak, gaining $25 billion in market cap up to March 5, before global stocks began falling rapidly. It is the company’s fastest pace of revenue growth since 2018.