LA based game company, Riot Games, is the well known developer of League of Legends, a massive multiplayer game enjoyed by many. Unbeknowest to those avid fans, however, is that Riot Games is owned by a chinese tech giant, known as Tencent. Tencent is know facing criticism in its role in perpetuating video game addiction. Despite being hands-off with regards to Riot in the past, Tencent now needs to involve itself in the affairs of the company.
As of recently, the Chinese version of League of Legends has seen some updates that conform to China’s strict policies regarding media. These updates allow companies to track the amount of time spent in-game and kick teenagers for surpassing certain quotas, a means of combating and regulating the video game addiction mentioned earlier in the article. This decision, however, has been met with backlash, as many believe that Westerners participating in the creation of such invasive technology is a slippery slope that can only lead to worse things. To know more about the company click here.
While access to the incredibly larger market that is China serves as incentive for many companies to partake in the surveillance of Chinese policy, many companies, like Riot Games, do not have a choice, given the sheer amount of companies and games owned by similar Chinese tech giants. Tencent, in particular, has stakes in leading games such as Clash of Clans and Fortnite. Its own game, Honor of Kings, is one of the highest grossing games of 2018. Many agree that such a technology has more complicated uses than simply the monitoring of video games and to participate in its inception is something that could reap dire consequences.
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