Steam Gamers Under 16 May Require Parental Consent To Play

Steam users under the age of 16 may soon need parental permission to let them play on Steam. Parental or guardian consent will allow them to secure full access to the Valve’s platform. JavaScript changes to steam’s sign up page were introduced yesterday. The code referred to ‘parental consent dialog’ along with ‘parental email.’

It is very likely that these changes have been made due to the impending  General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) laws. These laws will come into force tomorrow, therefore until then all European Union companies, and companies whose consumers reside in the European Union have to be GDPR-compliant or face fines.

Recently, the League of Legends creator Riot Games players under the age of 16 would require parental approval to continue playing League of Legends as of Friday. Riot Games, in a recent announcement, said that according to the GDPR laws the account holder below the age of 16 would need parental permission to continue playing.

Steam and Riot are not the only gaming platforms to be affected by the upcoming GDPR laws. Super Monday Night Combat, Ragnarok Online, and Loadout had to be shut down due to the General Data Protection Requirement.

Even though Steam has not made any official announcement yet, but the changes in JavaScript refer to the requirement of parental consent in setting up a user account.

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