Chinese tech giant Tencent has released a facial recognition system for some games in China to prevent kids from playing video games after work.
In 2019, China passed an anti-addiction bill, which focuses on limiting the time spent playing video games by children and adolescents, especially at night. Children and teens are only allowed 90 minutes of video games on weekdays and only three hours on weekends and holidays. This measure also introduces a curfew for children and teenagers to play video games. They are also not allowed to play videos from 10pm to 8am
Tencent’s new system seems to enforce those rules through technology. Dubbed “Midnight Patrol,” the system scans a player’s face on a computer screen and runs it through a catalog of registered names and faces. If a child or teen exceeds the allotted time, they will not be able to play the game until they have more time in their account.
Tencent will implement this facial recognition system in about 60 of its games, including The King’s Glory and Peace Elite. League of Legends It’s not currently one of the games on this list, but it could be included in a later update.
Players who avoid face scanning for these games will automatically be considered minors and the game will be discontinued. That means face scanning is required to play these games. According to Tencent’s press release, if an adult is mistakenly booted, they can simply try the face scan again and it will allow them to return to the game.