Roblox is rolling out an age verification function that can enable gamers to verify their age and acquire entry to options reserved for older gamers. Age verification will probably be non-obligatory, and Roblox tells The Verge it’s going to “not retain any data” from the verification course of, which requires displaying a type of ID.
For now, just one function requires age verification: Roblox’s new voice chat function, Spacial Voice. Throughout its preliminary beta take a look at, it’s going to solely be out there to gamers who confirm they’re a minimum of 13 years outdated. (Roblox didn’t say whether or not it could later be out there to customers no matter verification standing.)
However the implication appears to be that different options — maybe particular Roblox video games or group instruments — might be age-gated as the corporate works to guard its comparatively younger consumer base. Greater than half of Roblox’s customers are nonetheless below 13 (Roblox says “nearly 50 percent” have 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 verify 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 tougher to acquire.
The function begins rolling out in the present day and will probably be out there globally to customers who’re a minimum of 13 years outdated.
Correction September twenty first, 4:05PM ET: “Nearly” half of Roblox’s customers are actually over 13; this story initially mentioned greater than half have been over 13.