Game plan ur­gent to stop ad­dic­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - TEN­CENT GAMES

an­nounced on Sun­day it is pi­lot­ing a sys­tem for its hit mo­bile game King of Glory that will log out play­ers un­der the age of 12 if they have played the game for more than a hour in a day. Bei­jing Youth Daily com­mented on Mon­day:

Ten­cent’s mo­bile game King of Glory is en­joy­ing phe­nom­e­nal pop­u­lar­ity with over 200 mil­lion reg­is­tered play­ers, 36 mil­lion of whom are mid­dle and pri­mary school stu­dents. With an es­ti­mated quar­terly rev­enue of over 12 bil­lion yuan ($1.8 bil­lion), it be­came the world’s most lu­cra­tive mo­bile game in the first quar­ter of this year, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

But in the eyes of some teach­ers and par­ents, it is no more than a gate­way for kids to spend more time in the vir­tual world dur­ing the sum­mer va­ca­tion.

A 17-year-old player in Guangzhou, South China’s Guang­dong prov­ince, was di­ag­nosed with a cere-

bral in­farc­tion in April after play­ing the game for 40 hours non­stop. And some kids clan­des­tinely run up a bill of tens of thou­sands of yuan on their par­ents’ credit cards through in-app pur­chases while play­ing the game.

Ten­cent’s move aimed at pre­vent­ing young gamers from be­com­ing on­line ad­dicts is wel­come, but not enough. Its com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing “rea­son­able gam­ing” may not hold up in the face of the colos­sal rev­enue, which is ex­pected to reach 6 bil­lion yuan per month dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­day.

The au­thor­i­ties im­posed harsh pu­n­ish­ments on in­ter­net cafes cater­ing to the un­der­age. They have to do the same to mo­bile game providers now.

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