In an effort to curb video game addiction, Tencent virtual contracts have been added to the company's hit strategy game Honor of Kings. The new virtual contract will allow parents to formalize arrangements with their children to exchange video game play time for reaching certain academic criteria or performing chores around the home. Tencent chief executive Ma Huateng has was the first to announce this contract, but has not yet stated how the agreements would be available.
The Tencent virtual contracts have been created in response to the growing video game addiction seen in China. The initiative is not entirely altruistic, as the Chinese government is further pressuring video game companies to ensure video games do not become debilitating addictions. Tencent will be furthering its commitment to children by releasing a set of educational titles aimed at teaching kids math and science through games.
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