Tencent’s Honour of Kings (王者荣耀), which spawned international edition Arena of Valor, has long been one of the world’s highest-grossing mobile games. But the multiplayer offering’s allegedly addictive popularity has also proved a burden, with state media outlet People’s Daily labeling it “poison.” In an attempt to improve the “Honour of Kings health system,” yesterday evening Tencent announced a real-name registration requirement that will apply to all China users.

In a way, the Weibo post by Tencent Games’ official account is nothing new. On September 15, Tencent had already begun conducting “the strictest real-name checks” for all new Honour of Kings users, and by October 16, the company started linking its existing users into a “public security authority data platform.” But yesterday’s announcement marked the first time that Tencent has required rather than suggested all users verify their real names. According to the company, the change has been implemented in Beijing already, with other areas to follow.

Players using a Beijing IP address will be prompted to complete the real-name verification process or be forbidden from logging in. All local game accounts will also be cross-checked with the government data platform.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.