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Tencent to roll out new ID checks amid China's intensifying scrutiny on gaming

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Tencent to roll out new ID checks amid China's intensifying scrutiny on gaming

Tencent Holdings Ltd. said it will implement a new system to single out underaged players and monitor user play time on its "Honour of Kings" game, Reuters reported.

The Chinese tech giant will introduce a name-based registration system linked to China's public security database to identify minors and monitor time spent playing its game.

"Through these measures, Tencent hopes to continue to better guide underaged players to game sensibly," the company said on its WeChat account.

The announcement follows Chinese regulators voicing concerns regarding online addiction and health issues among children in the country and saying they will curb the number of online games. The regulations also said parents should monitor the usage of electronic devices and encourage their children to engage in more outdoor activities.

Regulators in the country had also suspended game license approvals for about four months and implemented stringent registration processes, over concerns about violence and gambling in some of the games.

Meanwhile, Tencent is still awaiting approval of its games "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" and "Fortnite." The Chinese tech giant recently removed "Monster Hunter: World" from its WeGame platform after local authorities received complaints related to its content.