Roblox Age Verification System Released, Asks for ID and Selfie
Roblox is a massively popular online multiplayer game that allows users to create and share their own games. Immensely popular with players of all ages, it allows users to connect with text chat but not voice. However, this is changing in the near future with the new Roblox age verification system.
Roblox Age Verification System Announced
In a blog post, the Roblox age verification system was announced and teased as the possible solution for the upcoming voice chat feature that will be released for the game. In the post, it was revealed that the community continues to grow globally and in age.
A game that was once seen mainly as something that was appealing to kids, it has grown over time to encompass adults and older players who are enjoying the variety of gameplay that you can find in the seemingly countless number of games that have been created for Roblox.
At this point in time, almost 50% of the users on the platform are currently over the age of 13. This was found as of the second quarter of this year, and it is likely that it will only continue to grow as players get older and keep playing, and more concerts and other experiences happen there.
But the problem with this is that you now have a huge mix of players who are 13 years old or younger, and those who are older than that. With this issue, Roblox now has to balance the complex topic of keeping everyone safe so that they can express themselves in a respectful way.
In this way, Roblox believes that it is imperative that the age of someone is figured out for keeping the safety of the game. To help with this, the new Roblox age verification system has been decided. It is a new system of verifying someone’s age and making sure they have the appropriate features available to them in the game.
What the Age Verification Feature Is There for
First and foremost, the Roblox age verification is there to allow for access to the right type of communication. Later this fall, the new spatial voice feature is coming out and is currently in the limited developer beta. This new feature will finally add voice chat, one of the most requested features in the community.
This is where users will be able to engage in voice chat, rather than just text chat, with other players who are near them in different games. But this is only available to users who are at least 13 years old or older, and who have verified that they are that age using the Roblox age verification system.
There are other features that the Roblox age verification system helps with, like the ability to know that a creator is who they say they are. While those are the two that are mainly mentioned in the announcement, we could see a feature where you have to have a verified age in order to play certain, more mature games.
How to Verify Your Age
As for how you actually use the Roblox age verification, there are two parts to it and some people may not be the biggest fans of it. First and foremost, the user must scan an ID card of some kind that has a photo on it, such as a driver’s license, state ID, or passport.
The technology that Roblox has implemented in the new Roblox age verification system will validate it while keeping the information safe and not stored anywhere. After you have scanned that ID, you will then have to scan a selfie that will check to make sure you are a real person that is similar to the ID photo.
This is an automated process and typically only takes a few seconds to complete, so there is the chance that we could see it having issues, at least at first. The Roblox age verification system begins now by the time that you read this for some users and it will roll to everyone gradually over the next few weeks.
This System Does Address Text Chat for Now
From what we can tell, it is not required that you use the Roblox age verification if you are 13 or older in the game, but you will miss out on the aforementioned features and potentially new ones later down the road. You will still be able to play the game as usual, but not use the new voice chat and the like in your games.
So, this does not technically remove the fact that there are likely plenty of young players pretending to be older than they are, but it does at least keep them out of voice chat engagements, for the most part. That said, there are worse issues in Roblox than just the voice chat system.
For one, there is the text chat that I would argue is worse for the fact that you can private message users on there. Though much of the less safe chat words are censored in the game, there are ways to get around it and, even still, the fact that a private message system even exists in the game is unbelievably risky.
In my opinion, it would be best to make the private messaging either obsolete or only for those who have verified their ages. The public text chat is, unfortunately, something that players are too used to at this point but at least it is out and in the open for others to see and report, if necessary. If you are a Roblox user 13 or older, you should see the age verification option when you log into the game, in the near future.