There will be no hiding behind a screen name for Chinese gamers, apparently.
According to brief report in People’s Daily Online, China’s notoriously Internet-repressive government will begin requiring online gamers to register using their real names.
A government official, Zhang Yijun, director of the General Administration of Press and Publication’s Technology and Digital Publication Department, is cited as PDO’s source.
Zhang also indicated that the operations of four online game companies have been suspended after Chinese government inspectors discovered that their software did not contain the required anti-addiction system.
UPDATE: IncGamers has more info:
…the real name registration system does not mean that gamers cannot use screen-names, but rather that their online gaming accounts must be linked to their real world identification number, which is issued by the government.
[A Chinese gamer] went on to explain that linking a gamer’s online account to their ID number means the government can keep track of how long underage gamers are playing. Minors are limited to playing for three hours per day…