Tencent has begun enforcing real-name verification for all players of its mobile multiplayer hit “Honour of Kings” (known as “Arena of Valor” outside of China) as part of a revamp of the gaming system.

The upgrade connects the game with China’s public security database to better enforce rules, including those limiting the amount of time minors can spend playing, according to Tencent.

The system will stop those who do not verify their identity in time from logging in. Children under 12 years old will be limited to playing one hour a day between 8 am and 9 pm. Minors over 12 will be restricted to two hours a day. Individuals awaiting approval will be subject to the same limits imposed on those under 12 years old.

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Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.