Bear in mind final week when China’s restrictive online game legal guidelines pressured Tencent to (hilariously) re-brand PUBG Cellular as Sport for Peace? It appears the writer is hoping to keep away from this case occurring in different nations, as the corporate is introducing a gameplay administration system for under-18s to “promote wholesome gaming behaviours”.
As reported by Gamespot, PUBG Cellular’s newest replace requires younger gamers to “acknowledge a gaming advisory” earlier than they boot up the sport. Gamers below 18 will obtain pop-up notifications to remind them to take a break – however the press launch does not specify precisely how usually these will seem. Tencent claims PUBG Cellular is among the first cell titles to include such a system.
“Immediately’s announcement is a proactive step in making certain that lots of of thousands and thousands of gamers worldwide can proceed to get pleasure from PUBG cell in a sustainable method,” Tencent govt Vincent Wang mentioned.
The system is presently up and working in Indonesia, India, Nepal, the UAE, Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and might be rolled out to different markets in levels.
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It is value taking a detailed have a look at precisely which nations are included within the first wave: Nepal briefly banned PUBG Cellular in April, whereas Iraq has caught to the ban it imposed on each PUBG and Fortnite final month. Indian cities applied bans and even carried out arrests in March, and lots of the different nations there have at the very least thought of restrictions on the sport. The near-universal motive for all of those measures has been concern over the youth getting hooked on PUBG Cellular.
When Eurogamer contacted the PUBG Cellular staff earlier this yr to ask in regards to the India bans, the developer defined it was engaged on “quite a few new options and enhancements” to “present an setting for gamers to get pleasure from PUBG Cellular in a rewarding and accountable method”. It appears this gameplay administration system was a type of plans, and it is fairly clear that Tencent is hoping to keep away from the regulation points with measures corresponding to these.
Whereas some might leap to conclusions in regards to the intrusiveness of PUBG Cellular’s gameplay administration system, it really sounds pretty benign (notably when in comparison with China’s literal policing of youngsters’s playtime). Personally I discover it helpful when video games nudge me to take a breather – Warframe, for example, informs gamers after they’ve been gaming for over an hour – and I am but to completely break from my pupil days of staying up late. Outdated habits die arduous.