Hundreds of video game companies in China have pledged to regulate themselves, as Beijing pursues a wide-ranging crackdown on what it considers to be negative elements in the tech and entertainment sectors.
Giants like Tencent, iQiyi, and Netease are among the 213 companies to have signed a statement published by the state-backed Chinese Gaming Industry Group Committee. The pledge, which is not legally binding, is largely in line with recent edicts from the government.
The signatories commit to curbing gaming addiction, such as by using facial recognition software to identify minors. In August, the government introduced rules that forbid children from playing games for more than three hours a week.