The developer of Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI), Krafton, highlights parental controls in its latest “Gaming Responsably” campaign. These include a warning message for the virtual world, OTP authentication for all players under the age of 18, break reminders for a better balance between game and lifetime, game limits and daily spending limits for players to avoid over-spending. Additionally, BGMI says it even raised awareness of the graphics in the game to instill a healthy and responsible gaming culture. We have reduced violence and bloodshed and set parameters that keep language in check.
Krafton will be releasing a series of films to encourage players to make a commitment to take care of themselves and the mental health of their teammates. A video has already been posted on YouTube highlighting parental controls in BGMI. As part of the Game Responsably initiative, BGMI is trying to highlight restrictions on minors such as the enclosed OTP wall to ensure parental consent to play BGMI. Krafton also tries to pinpoint anti-addiction steps like limiting game time and daily spending limits, and anti-violence measures have also been put in place.
Right before the game starts, BGMI will display a warning to ensure that players are aware of the virtual world they are entering. Even the in-game audio has been tweaked to continually remind players that the game exists in a virtual world rather than real life. Any player under the age of 18 must register a parent or legal guardian before starting the game for the first time. An OTP is sent to the number of the registered person under which the minor is allowed to play the game.
As mentioned earlier, BGMI claims it provides pause reminders to help maintain game-life balance. In addition, players under the age of 18 cannot play for more than three hours a day and an in-game daily spending limit of Rs. 7,000 has been introduced for minors which automatically prevents them from over-spending and gambling.