China's new online game verification will require players to use their real name as a user name. The new verification will be launched nationwide by Sept. According to South China Morning Post's latest report, some of the games of Tencent and NetEase already have their own name verification system in place.

The Chinese government has been trying to resolve the issue of kids' online gaming addiction for the past few years. Chinese regulators will now take things a step further by using a state-run authentication system, which is set to be deployed by September, to ensure that any young players who want to play a game must log in with their real names.

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An official from the Communist Party's Central Publicity Department, Feng Shinxin, said that once the new system is launched, all the gamers will be required to join the system in batches. Feng's announcement was made during the country's biggest gaming expo, ChinaJoy. 

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China's decision was continuously worked on to push for more strict controls that are essential to protect the minors from game addiction. SCMP previously reported that new regulations to limit the time and money spent by children on online games were introduced by the body in charge of regulating games, the State Administration of Press and Publications.

Will the new real-name verification system be effective?

The Chinese regulators will enforce the new online game limits by requiring them to provide their real names, which can be identified using their ID numbers. The two largest gaming companies in China, namely, Tencent and NetEase, are already using the new limitations by introducing their own verification systems.

However, the report explained that the new regulations will make the young players look for different kinds of innovative workarounds to spend more time playing online games in the future. Some of them were reportedly using fake IDs or going to smartphone arcades to help them get past the new verification system.

One of the kids even tried to fool the customer service by pinching his throat to sound like his grandfather. Currently, there is no information yet explaining how the national verification system will work. Meanwhile, other popular Tencent game such as Arena of Valor is using another verification system that requires facial recognition from the players. China also created new rules that would control the games allowed to operate in the country. 


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