China to Give Social Credit Strikes to Video Gamers

Another Way Video Games are Bad for You

It’s never fun to have your relatives criticize your technology-laden habits at family gatherings. But what if it was the government condemning you? Chinese citizens will be at risk of life-punishment should they participate in too many video games.

It’s built off of the idea of Social Credit, where a person’s societal responsibility is given a number value. Similar to financial credit scores seen in the West. China is looking to implement this system by 2020. Government officials have begun tracking behaviors such as jaywalking, recycling, and visiting family, to determine how well their citizens score socially. Sesame technology director Li Yingyun told Chinese Magazine Caixin remarked on this system.

“[playing video games] 10 hours a day … would be considered an idle person, and someone who frequently buys diapers would be considered as probably a parent, who on balance is more likely to have a sense of responsibility.”

So playing video games in China too much will lower your social credit score, which can result in being declined for property renting, travel tickets, and even hotel admissions. Chinese game publisher Tencent is looking to help remedy this as best they can by offering agreements with parents to trade game time with chores and homework.

There’s a humor to be found here, considering a school in China is offering an eSports education course. What would your social credit score be?

Written by: Branden Lizardi


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