China ban online gaming / talking

Looks like this didn’t happen. But two reports tonight indicates in is now. https://forums.online-go.com/t/how-was-your-day-regular/25749/4661

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Fake news is everywhere. There is no ban at all. In fact, Chinese laws are much less than other countries because China revise laws every two years, which is a very long period.

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Only news i got about ban is south korea ending his own online gaming control a few days ago, as it has been proven to not be that efficient (mainly to a switch to mobile gaming, between others).

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Here are some news articles

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The new regulations don’t apply to all video games, only online games.

Here’s the official notice from NPPA:

Rough translation:

Recently, the National Press and Publication Administration issued the “Notice on Further Strict Management to Effectively Prevent Minors from Being Addicted to Online Games”, which in response to the problem of minors’ excessive use and even addiction to online games, aims at further strict management measures to resolutely prevent minors from being addicted to online games and effectively protect minors’ physical and mental health.

This notice requires all online gaming companies to strictly limit the time of providing online gaming services to minors. Companies may only provide one hour of services to minors from 20:00 to 21:00 daily on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, and may not provide online game services to minors in any form at other times. Companies must strictly implement the requirements of real-name registration and login of user accounts, and may not provide online game services in any form to users without real-name registration and login. The publishing management departments at all levels should strengthen the supervision and inspection of the implementation of these measures to prevent minors from being addicted to online games. Online gaming companies that fail to strictly implement these measures shall be seriously dealt with according to the law and regulations.

The notice proposes to actively guide families, schools and other communities to co-manage and co-govern, to fulfill the responsibility of guardianship of minors according to law, and to create a favorable environment for the healthy growth and development of minors.

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@xhu98 has confirmed that Fox (Tencent) Go Server have already implemented these new obligations.

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On a side effect i am afraid this will isolate Chinese online players of any age from the rest of the world because of the identification procedures.

How is it implemented in details ?

Users provide their age and access to accounts is restricted for youth.

That i understood. What i mean is what they ask exactly. Name age id card number facial pic and so on… ? How is the registration for foreigner too ?

No idea. I just saw xhu talking about it on FB and since he is both currently in China and deeply involved in several Go communities I figured he was a reliable source.

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I am asking because It’s things i read on western news. It’s big concern because for example with the necessity to show a chinese id. card and facial recognition, Fox is going to change into a chinese players only go website.

See for example (in french)

Pour empêcher les mineurs de contourner l’interdiction, ces derniers devront se connecter avec une pièce d’identité

groupe, qui imposait déjà des limitations de temps de jeu et la reconnaissance faciale

And what about YikeWeiqi and others?

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My Fox account is still working.

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Not necessarily. Go is definitely not the target of these laws so I doubt they will go as far as preventing Chinese servers from being accessed by foreigners.

Trying to police and prevent minors who are willing and able to get a VPN from playing Go won’t be their priority. I think they would go after the VPN’s first before closing every Chinese game from foreigners.

Also note that restrictions are nothing new from China. They closed some loopholes to them in the ‘problem’ games like League of Legends and battle royale games but Go hasn’t had any major effects.

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Asking for id card and not managing foreigner id is a very easy, unshiny and efficient way to close a community (being their goal or not) I experienced this 10 yrs ago when they started to require an id card for internet cafe in which i can’t go anymore since then.

I may worry that same happens now for the chinese gaming community, in which go is included.

VPN has nothing to do here, that won’t bypass an id requirement from a go server.

What would make go an exception in the online games? I didn’t read anything about it.

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Thanks for checking. If anyone can check a new registration, would be awesome.

Who said exception? They have had ID laws and regulations for a while now. They are not targeting board games. Sure, there is a chance that Tencent and eweiqi are proactive and shut down foreigner access but they had the same decision to make two or three years ago and didn’t.

I would not assume that they will make a different decision with these regulations.

Go isn’t an exception to identification laws but it does seem to be treated differently than online games that separate ID verified Chinese accounts and everyone else. I don’t know whether that separation is regulated by law or a business decision by Tencent/NetEase to try to prevent further regulation. If it is the former then Tencent and eweiqi have been operating illegally already.

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We have a new more global and strict regulation.

But the best is surely to cross fingers and hope nothing drastically change.

Isn’t this basically every nation’s approach to dealing with China? :stuck_out_tongue:

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This is not just for online games. If your country phone code is not in the list you simply can’t verify your online account, no matter what kind of account you have. Therefore, the website or media is controlled and you can’t participate. VPN is not a solution, governements get smarter every day :wink:

I’m not sure why and how online gaming and online community culture suddenly gets that kind of attention from the Chinese authorities, but judging from historical examples of elsewhere, they’ll probably shut down a couple of competitors, promote “ethical” internet use for some time, apply a couple more taxes on “digital stuff” then re-allow everything when profits start going downhill.

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@Groin I was concerned about my various accounts across different games as well, but it looks like all of my WeChat connected accounts are fine (I verified real-name registration many years ago for WeChat Pay, and they accepted my passport). If you are signed in with WeChat you probably shouldn’t have a problem.

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