Roblox will begin verifying the age of teenage gamers
Roblox is rolling out an age verification characteristic that may enable gamers to substantiate their age and achieve entry to options reserved for older gamers. Age verification shall be optionally available, and Roblox tells The Verge it would “not retain any information” from the verification course of, which requires exhibiting a type of ID.
For now, just one characteristic requires age verification: Roblox’s new voice chat characteristic, Spacial Voice. Throughout its preliminary beta take a look at, it would solely be accessible to gamers who confirm they’re a minimum of 13 years previous. (Roblox didn’t say whether or not it could later be accessible to customers no matter verification standing.)
However the implication appears to be that different options — maybe particular Roblox video games or group instruments — may very well be age-gated as the corporate works to guard its comparatively younger person base. Greater than half of Roblox’s customers are nonetheless beneath 13 (Roblox says “almost 50 %” had been over 13 as of the second quarter of the 12 months).
Verification would require importing an “ID card, driver’s license, or passport” in addition to a selfie taken “on the spot” to assist affirm that the ID was actually uploaded by the individual to whom it belongs. Roblox solely accepts government-issued IDs, which might pose an issue — youthful gamers are much less more likely to have formal IDs than older gamers, and that’s possible even much less frequent in sure areas the place an ID is more durable to acquire.
The characteristic begins rolling out right this moment and shall be accessible globally to customers who’re a minimum of 13 years previous.
Correction September twenty first, 4:05PM ET: “Practically” half of Roblox’s customers are actually over 13; this story initially mentioned greater than half had been over 13.