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TOPIC: Tencent has dropped the hugely popular mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battle

Tencent has dropped the hugely popular mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battle 12 months ago #2805

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Tencent was never able to get the Chinese government to greenlight PUBG, one of the biggest video games in the world but one which the Chinese government deemed overly gory. The Korean battle royale game has been a huge hit, and its mobile version developed by Tencent is actually quite good as well. Still, the communist Chinese government has been cracking down on games more than ever recently and after over a year of trying, Tencent gave up.

Tencent's reasoning is the Chinese government's refusal to allow in-app purchases in PUBG Mobile. In response, the replacement, Game for Peace, has been given a socialist makeover to meet the strict government regulations. According to Reuters, Tencent described Game for Peace as a tactical shooting game that "pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard our country's airspace," in reference to the Chinese air force.

PUBG Mobile released in March of last year, and has become one of the most popular video games in the world, with as many players as Fortnite. According to China Renaissance estimates, the game had approximately 70 million national players, which would have allowed Tencent to generate annual revenue from purchases in the app of approximately $ 1.18 billion to $ 1.48 billion.

Tencent told Reuters 'they are very different genres of games'.A spokeswoman for Krafton said the firm was looking into PUBG's status in China and declined to comment further.Global game distributor Steam named PUBG one of its highest-grossing titles of 2018. On Wednesday, 'PUBG is gone' was the one of most viewed topics on Weibo, with over 300 million clicks and close to 90,000 posts.

However, a series of political and cultural factors seem to have condemned the title. In recent years, the Chinese government has become particularly hostile to video games perceived as violent or addictive, with the state government. People's Diary document describing Tencent's mobile success Honor of kings as "poison" that propagates "negative energy".

There is at least one key difference, however. Recently the Chinese government updated its approvals process to essentially outlaw things such as gore, gambling and imperial history in video games - but Game for Peace creatively manages to stick to the new rules. Instead of blood and corpses (big no-no's), enemies in Game for Peace wave cheerfully when they die. It's equal parts charming and disturbing.
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