After the 2018 test, the "Midnight Patrol" system will officially make its way to 60 Tencent games.
Tencent, the world's largest Chinese video game publisher, has taken strict measures to comply with its own laws restricting access to children. To video games this week, the publisher added a facial recognition system called "Midnight Patrol" to more than 60 smartphone games, and if users refuse or disable facial review, play will be disrupted in popular titles like Honor of Kings. .
In all affected games, once a game session exceeds an indefinite period of time during the official game ban hours (10pm-8am), the game is terminated by requiring a player's face scan. Become. If an adult fails the test for any reason, Tencent makes the phrase "very bad, very annoying" in a statement: Users can play again the next day.
READ MORE How Face Detection Is Designed for Masked People This week's change to the limited face scanning system that Tencent implemented in honor of royalty doubled back in 2018. Since then, we haven't heard exactly how the system works. Do you determine the age of the user based on the prominence of the face? Does the existing data refer to the face - and perhaps use their own public face scanning systems? Tencent did not reveal any technical details about the Midnight Patrol.
In addition, parents can now check the face recognition system specifically for their parent's verified face before unlocking the game - although it's unclear why the parents would do this instead of triggering something like a password.Advertising
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The system seeks to increase the Chinese government's monitoring of childhood gambling addiction, including these are the rules it uses Game publishers must follow so they don't face penalties equal to having their license revoked. In addition to the ban on gambling for minors, Chinese games must also include real scoring systems and a cap on game fees for minors.
But this need for face scanning means that most smartphone operating systems are internal. Parental controls, along with regular management of the parental phone, prevent children from accessing devices connected to the Internet using "adult" credentials at night. About the Midnight Patrol system "Check your face to see your age" - unlike parental scans - there is no doubt that if not, then clever teenage Chinese gamers would organize the system something like private photos p> < p> Not issued Tencent lists "60+" games affected by this week's update, and the publisher has already committed to adding Midnight Patrol to more of its games over time. Games that will likely extend to the smartphone released by Tencent are known to the West as PUBG Mobile and League of Legends.
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China's largest game publisher is using face scanning to ban young people