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Chinese Phone Games Now Require Facial Scans to Play at Night


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A smartphone scans a child's face.

Chinese video game publisher Tencent has added a facial recognition system to over 60 of its China-specific smartphone games, and it will disable gameplay if users either decline the facial check or fail it.

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Chinese video game publisher Tencent has added a facial recognition system to more than 60 of its China-specific smartphone games, in order to comply with government rules to limit access to video games by minors.

Users will receive a prompt to scan their face once a gameplay session exceeds an unspecified amount of time during the nation's official gaming curfew hours of 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. If adult users decline or fail the facial check, the "Midnight Patrol" system will disable gameplay. Game publishers that do not comply with the rules, which also require real-name registration systems and in-game spending caps for minors, could have their business licenses revoked.

From Ars Technica
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