Chinese tech giant Tencent has imposed game time limits on younger players to curb addiction and promote healthy habits, but it's now taking some dramatic steps to enforce those restrictions. The company plans to verify the identities and ages of players to determine how long they're allowed to play. Tencent will check IDs through police databases and set the game time accordingly, giving the 12-and-under crowd one hour of play (and then only between 8AM and 9PM) while the 13-to-18 audience gets two hours. The new system is already in effect for Tencent's flagship Honor of Kings game, but it will be in effect for 10 titles by the end of 2018. Every game should have the check in place sometime in 2019.
Zhao was referring to content services, such as movies and video, provided by internet companies beyond the media transmitted by traditional telecommunications companies like cable operators. Streaming content provided by Netflix Inc and through Apple Inc's Apple TV devices are examples of over-the-top services.
China's biggest gaming and social network company Tencent Holdings said on Tuesday it will buy most of Finnish mobile gaming firm Supercell from SoftBank Group Corp and other shareholders in a deal valued at roughly 8.6 billion. Tencent will, over three installments, acquire about 84.3 percent of Supercell -- the maker of the popular "Clash of Clans" mobile game -- via a wholly owned consortium, including all of SoftBank's 72.2 percent stake, the Chinese company said. That consortium will then be open to unidentified co-investors, though Tencent expects to maintain a 50 percent voting interest, the firm said. Supercell's current management will keep their operational independence and the company will remain in Finland, Tencent's statement said.
Tencent has been sued over allegedly "inappropriate" content in the massively successful mobile game Honor of Kings. Beijing Teenagers Law Aid And Research Center claims the game, which is known as Arena of Valor in the West, includes content that isn't suitable for children. The public interest group says it filed the lawsuit on Tuesday after an amended protection of minors law came into force. It contends that Tencent has lowered the recommended minimum age limit from 18 to 12 over the last few years. The group claims Honor of Kings has characters with low-cut clothes, narrative elements that "tampered with historical figures" and "a lack of respect for traditional culture," according to Reuters.
When Jack Ma and Pony Ma shared a stage at the 2010 IT Leaders Summit in Shenzhen, the two hugely influential Chinese technology tycoons were asked what they thought of the still-nascent field of cloud computing. The men, who are not related, gave starkly different answers. Jack, who built Alibaba Group Holding, called the cloud a lifesaver for the future of his e-commerce conglomerate. "If we don't do this, we will die," he said. Pony, the chief of online entertainment giant Tencent Holdings, conceded that businesses might someday want to run their operations on third-party servers but argued it "would take centuries, if not a thousand years...to materialize."