Tencent may be bringing H1Z1 to China

The easiest way to ensure that no one is really fighting over who gets to be at the top of the battle royale genre of games is to make sure you own all of them. Tencent has already picked up the most popular game in the genre for distribution in China, but now it’s teasing that it may also be bringing H1Z1 to Chinese shores, allowing players there to enjoy the shooting action of a game that at one point was supposedly about zombies.

Nothing has yet been officially announced, but there is a teaser website, and there’s a social media page on Weibo (one of the most popular social networking pages in China) managed by Tencent. It’s a sound strategy to ensure that players who jump from one game of the type to another still remain loyal to the same company, but we’ll have to see when and if the official announcement comes around.

Meanwhile, Daybreak posted the winners of the second H1Z1 Elite Series tourney at DreamHack Winter in Sweden, awarding over $250,000 in prizes to the winners, including Impact Gaming, which took home $50,000 for placing as top team, and OliverGC from Method (yes, that Method, and yes they placed in the team bracket too), who scored $30,000.

Source: MMO Culture
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Armsbend

I was watching King Kong: Skull Island just yesterday and thought it was curious that it was made by Tencent. I didn’t know they were in Hollywood too. Truly awful movie. Except for John C Reilly – who was great in it.

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Sally Bowls

I wish DBG’s success had been an MMO, but I suppose some game is better than no game.

P.s.: if you have not yet had your morning dose of a tin-foil hat filled with cynicism, this could actually be a clever negotiating ploy from Ten Cent as they negotiate to buy Bluehole.

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A Dad Supreme

https://www.pcgamesn.com/playerunknowns-battlegrounds/chinese-steam-accounts
http://www.scmp.com/tech/apps-gaming/article/2099180/china-driving-global-video-games-market-record-us109b-2017

That’s according to the results of Steam’s latest hardware survey, which also tracks users’ selected language. Simplified Chinese now makes up 57.37% of the share, dwarfing English’s second-place spot at 21.24%. Russian rounds out third place at 6.20%, and no other language accounts for more than 3% of the overall userbase.

Perhaps most remarkable, China’s new share came from an increase of over 26% in the last month alone.

The mainland market is predicted to be worth US$27.5 billion this year, making it the world’s leader as global market revenue advances to US$109 billion from US$99.6 billion last year, according to a new report from research firm Newzoo.
It said nearly half of the mainland’s estimated 565 million gamers this year are expected to be playing on all three gaming platforms – console, personal computer and mobile.

This ought to be interesting to watch once Daybreak gets this game out there. Even if they are only able to get 1% of Chinese gamers to buy it, it could be quite profitable.

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Sally Bowls

Interesting, thank you.

So gaming grows by more than a Germany+UK in a year. I was surprised to see the console mention; they were illegal until ’15 but I guess they are taking off.

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A Dad Supreme

Yep. China has turned a corner philosophically it seems with the Belt and Road Initiative. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Belt_One_Road_Initiative

The government is positioning itself to be the leader of the world from an economic standpoint instead of the USA, so I don’t know how they could continue to reject the very things Westerners were interested in if they intend to have the population understand the West fully.

They used to reject everything Western but times have definitely changed as you said, and the Chinese are definitely implementing an “endgame”, so they have to understand everything they hope to rule one day.

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Armsbend

If you listened to Xi’s last speech to their Congress two months ago you’d realize China is also poised to lead the world culturally and militarily as well. The US and Europe are on a clear slide downward while their star is rising (or risen really).

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