Tencent Will Soon Require Chinese Gamers to Use Their Real Names


Tencent (TCEHY) will reportedly require players to use their real names when logging into Honour of Kings beginning on September 15.

The company, which stands as China’s largest gaming publisher, has recently been at the forefront of a controversial measure to restrict games as China’s gaming addiction worsens. As of late, the Chinese government has begun to restrict play-time for users under the age of 18, manually approve what games are allowed on the market, and hold controversial “boot camps” that aid in ridding gamers of their addiction.

The initial restrictions came following reports that video games were causing rising levels of nearsightedness in children. The government reacted to the findings promptly by refusing to approve new games into the market. As of mid-August, no new releases have been available.

In a recent statement, Tencent has noted that they “hope to continue to better guide underaged players to game sensibly.”

Beginning in July, Tencent has been responsible for restricting play-time for users under the age of 12 to one hour a day. Players aged 13-18 have been restricted to two hours a day.

Shares of Tencent have fallen since the news about the latest restrictions broke. Having fallen more than three percent, the shares stand at their lowest level in more than a year. Shares of two other major game publishers, Perfect World and China Youzu Interactive, have dropped 3.6% and 5.5%.

More: Tencent launches new checks to weed out underage gaming amid China crackdown

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