ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Tencent tightens game restrictions on China minors

Parents must register to unlock 'Arena of Valor'

Parental consent is required in China for minors to play video games. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

BEIJING -- Tencent Holdings has started requiring parents' permission for minors in China to play online games for the first time, the latest effort to address societal concerns over the negative effects of games on children.

Trials began this month in three cities including Beijing. Kids as old as 13 must have their guardians register identification information or submit photographs of themselves to unlock two titles, including "Wangzhe Rongyao," the domestic version of "Arena of Valor." Tencent plans to implement the program in 12 large Chinese cities.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more