Last year, players started to note concern over privacy in Tencent-published battle royale, Ring of Elyisum. The game required administrator access to run, and some players went so far as to suggest that there were keyloggers in the game files – a detail, it must be noted, that the publisher directly denies. Tencent’s updated privacy policies and continued assurances of responsible data use haven’t done much to put those concerns to rest.
Ring of Elysium boasts a ‘mostly positive’ rating on Steam – significantly better than PUBG – and most of the negative reviews are centred on the data collection issue. Tencent posted another update at the end of the year about all this, in which the company says its policy meets GDPR requirements and that “user privacy and data security are, and have always been our top priorities.”
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Without any evidence that Tencent’s data collection has gone beyond its stated purposes, claims that the game’s essentially “malware” are more than a little sensational – but there is a lot of data being collected, and if you value your privacy you should certainly take a look or three at everything that policy entails.