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Tencent to expand underage ID check to all games

HONG KONG: Tencent Holdings will expand an addiction-prevention system for underage gamers to all of its games, the company said on Monday, as the industry faces increased government scrutiny. A “healthy gaming” system that includes time limits on daily play and can perform facial recognition-aided ID checks, already in use on Tencent’s most popular Honour of Kings smartphone game, will be applied to nine other mobile games this year and expanded to cover all Tencent games next year, the company said in a post on its…

Afghan girl coders design games to fight opium and inequality

HERAT, Afghanistan: Think Super Mario Bros, but with an Afghan twist. This is how Afghanistan’s first generation of female coders explain their abilities as game-makers after uploading more than 20 games on digital app stores this year. More than 20 young women in the western city of Heart have established themselves as computer experts, building apps and websites as well as tracking down bugs in computer code. Like the team of Afghan schoolgirls who rose to fame last year when they competed in a robotics competition…

Games champion boxer ‘bitten’ in ugly opening bout

GOLD COAST: New Zealand boxer David Nyika alleged that his opponent bit him twice in an "ugly" fight as he launched his bid for a second Commonwealth Games gold on Friday. The 22-year-old heavyweight defeated Yakita Aska of Antigua and Barbuda 5-0 on Australia's Gold Coast, but said the 91kg bout was far tougher than the scores suggested. "It's probably the closest fight I've had. A little bit rugged, but a perfect start to a long tournament," said Nyika, who won 81kg gold at Glasgow 2014 as a teenager. "When…

Head of games at Angry Birds firm goes after profit warning

HELSINKI: "Angry birds" maker Rovio said on Friday its head of games was leaving, a week after the Finnish company issued a profit warning that sent its shares plunging 50 percent. “It’s time to pass the hoodie and move on,” Wilhelm Taht said in a statement, without giving reasons for his departure. Rovio said Taht was leaving with immediate effect for personal reasons and Chief Executive Kati Levoranta would assume his position for the time being. Rovio shares, which debuted at 11.50 euros apiece in September, fell…