Honor Of Kings Game Brings Inappropriate Content For Which Tencent Has Been Sued
Tencent is facing legal action for inappropriate content in its game, Honor of Kings. The game is said to have revealing clothes and showed a lack of respect for Chinese traditional culture.
Tencent is facing legal action for inappropriate content in its game, Honor of Kings. The game is said to have revealing clothes and showed a lack of respect for Chinese traditional culture. Tencent, the Chinese multinational company, had lowered the recommended age limit for the game from 18 to 12 this year.
A Chinese public interest group has announced that it would be taking legal action against the company for having content that is allegedly inappropriate for minors in its most popular global game, Honor of Kings. This announcement on Tuesday was followed by Beijing Teenagers Law Aid And Research Center filing a lawsuit against them the very same day.
The lawsuit also demanded the implementation of an amended law for the protection of minors. This suit has been filed at a time when Tencent, along with some other large Chinese tech companies, is already facing an unprecedented antitrust crackdown by Beijing. However, extensive details about the content of the suit have not been disclosed yet.
The company had set the age limit for the game to 18 in 2017 but reduced it to 12 this year. The public interest group has posted on its social media account that the characters in the game can be seen wearing low-cut dresses. It has also claimed that the game’s storyline has tampered with historical figures of the country and has shown a lack of respect for their traditional culture. It has decided to take action against the extremely revealing clothes and the poor content that does not show respect to their culture. Tencent has refused to comment on the situation.
The authorities of China have also raised some additional concerns about the game. The addictive nature of the game has raised eye damage concerns. As a result, the authorities have put Tencent and some other companies for anti-addiction systems to check the game time of young users. They have also decided to put a limit to the number of hours teenagers can play video games.
Honor of Kings had a record of 100 million daily active users worldwide last November. The game is free to download but also contains paid in-play content.
China’s plan to fine Tencent with more than $1 billion (around ₹7,290 crores) was revealed in April. This hefty fine is a result of anti-competitive practices and not reporting past acquisitions for antitrust reviews.