Mobile Game Puts Players' Private Videos Online

Mobile Game Puts Players' Private Videos Online

Oh dear. Chinese mobile app FengKuang LaiWang "leaked" over 35,000 user videos online, including clips of players in their underwear or naked.

As reported on Beijing News and South China Morning Post, FengKuang LaiWang, which means "Frantic Relationship," is a charade type game which allows players to video themselves acting out a charade and then share it privately with friends.

Above, you can see a screenshot made by Kotaku's Beijing-based reporter Eric Jou as he played the game.

According to Beijing News, the videos ended up on an account for video platform Youku (like China's YouTube), without players' consent. Some of the videos showed the players dressed as people are when they relax at home -- which is wearing not much or nothing at all. Pretty sure they're not the only ones to game like that!

Below you can see a screencap of the videos. (Note that Kotaku edited this image.)

Mobile Game Puts Players' Private Videos Online

The game's publisher, Zhejiang Zhile Network, issued a statement saying that it realised FengKuang LaiWang was uploading videos without the players' consent and that it had removed the video sharing function.

As SCMP notes, the leak has caused people in the Chinese game industry to voice concerns over regulations in mobile gaming.

【媒目】失联副市长找到了,真相还在路上 [Beijing News]

Alibaba-linked mobile game comes under fire for 'leaking' 36,000 private user videos [SCMP]

Eric Jou contributed to this report.

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Comments

    From what I've read on another site, they've uploaded it to that site because they wanted to store it elsewhere, so that players can access it too. Apparently, there are only two developers on this game, and I can see them mass uploading everything without checking the content of the videos.

    I'm slightly curious here. Has everything been pixelated because of close up of faces? Or because everybody in that screenshot is gaming while indecent?

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