Tencent obtains patent for digital asset inheritance

Tencent, the Chinese technology conglomerate, has obtained a patent for the inheritance of digital items.

Originally filed in 2019, the patent was picked up by Tencent last week and spotted by video games analyst Daniel Ahmad.

“[It] relates to the inheritance of digital items and assets after a person passes away,” Ahmad wrote. “While not fully related to video games, it has sparked discussions online about game accounts / virtual item inheritance.”

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