PUBG Can't Be Played in China Anymore

Kelley Robertson
Мая 9, 2019

The battle royale game had been stuck in regulatory limbo for some time, with China's new State Administration of Press and Publication past year freezing approvals in an attempt to weed out games that didn't abide by the government's standards. Tencent develops the mobile version of the game, called PUBG Mobile.

Tencent had been testing a mobile version of the game in China and said 70 million people were playing daily.

The South Korean-made PUBG was named by global game distributor Steam as one of its highest-grossing titles of 2018, pulling in more than 65 million USA dollars in March outside China according to analytics firm Sensor Tower.

On China's Twitter-like Weibo, topic "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is gone" soared to the second spot with 300 million views.

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But the company failed to get the necessary approval to offer in-app purchases and could not make money from the game. It also said it had launched an anti-terrorism-themed "Game for Peace", for which it gained monetization approval in April. Incidentally, Game for Peace has found approval for monetisation from the government.

In a website statement, Tencent described Game for Peace as a tactical shooting game developed in-house which "pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard our country's airspace", in reference to the Chinese air force. "The gameplay, the background, the graphic design, and the characters, they're nearly the same", she said.

Tencent told Reuters "they are very different genres of games". Under Tencent's new policies, Game for Peace players have to be at least 16 years old and those under 18 are limited to just two hours of gameplay per day. In fact, according to a post on Reddit, once you "kill" a player in the game, they actually wave back at you.

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