The Chinese gaming massive Tencent has introduced facial recognition technology in order to restrict children from playing games at night.
A time dependent facial recognition system named as “Midnight Patrol”, which prevents kids impersonating as matured from circling the government rule on adolescent keen players in china.
On November 2019, the General Administration of Press and Publication of China has published a series of 6 instructions mentioned as “Notice on Preventing Minors from Indulging in Online Games,” which is a part of to restraint video game accustomed between youths.
As stated in the notification, under aged gamers are forbid from playing online games betwixt 10:00 pm and 08:00 am. They also banned to 90 minutes of playing on working days and three hours on Saturday and Sunday and also on holidays. In the notice it also hinted that the players who is between the ages 8 and 16 years can take up only a maximum of 200 yuan per month whereas kids from 16 to 18 years can splurge double the amount.
Correspondingly, the adolescent gamers need to register an account in order to play online video games. This will leads the government authorities to curb screen time and also addiction to online games to an extent.
“We will conduct a face screening for accounts registered with real names and that have played for a certain period of time at night,” as explained in a post to Chinese social media service qq.com.
In April 2021 Tencent begin to trial its facial recognition technology. Presently more than 60 products has using this characteristic which includes “Honor of Kings” and “Game for Peace”.
“As of June 2021, an average of 5.8 million accounts used facial recognition for login, while 28,000 accounts used it for online payments every day, Tencent said.”