Tencent gives up on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds being approved in China

    
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Such a compelling narrative of 'gun'

Tencent has been waiting a long time to release PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China. For more than a year, the game has been in “testing” whilst waiting on approval for its monetization from the Chinese government, which involved waiting out the long approval freeze from the government and then waiting through further delays. Now the company has officially given up, announcing that the test period is ending and that the company is shifting to another title altogether, Game for Peace.

There is an account migration feature for former PUBG players to Game for Peace, which shares similar features and perhaps most crucially has already been approved for its monetization by the government. So that’s the end of the battle royale title’s path to China, it seems. It also proves that while Nixon could go to China, PUBG could not in a timeframe that satisfied Tencent. That sounds like it ought to have some sort of larger meaning.

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Minimalistway

Just in the last week, i read many titles about banning the game or talking about banning the game in few countries, and just yesterday i found the the government here is thinking about banning the game!

Why? i mean there is Fortnite too, so why targeting PUBG? people told me because you can play it on phone, but Fortnite is playable on phones too.

I know this have nothing to do with China, but i’m noticing more news around this game, most of it is about banning it!

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deekay_000

not surprising. china is pretty much tradewarring with sk on a number of fronts for a while now. why send money out of state when you can just clone the product domestically and keep that money in country?

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BalsBigBrother

From what I have seen Game for Peace is pretty much PUBG asset for asset with a few small differences. For instance when you are downed the player waves goodbye and leaves you a loot box instead of dying.

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Greaterdivinity

Hahaha, that was the video I saw earlier too. It’s so delightfully absurd.

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Bryan Correll

Arrrghhh! You shot me! Well done, have a gift you magnificent bastard!

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McGuffn

just like real life.

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Bruno Brito

me likes

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Bruno Brito

Tencent gives up on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

That’s enough of a headline.

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Greaterdivinity

From what I’ve been reading it’s functionally them ripping off all the assets/code/etc. and just changing the name? And that you don’t “kill” other players, but shoot them until they fall down, get back up, and wave at you?

This is all kinds of weird/interesting. I’d be curious as to how this impacts Bluehole, I know they were taking a licensing fee and not a direct cut of sales but this is still likely going to hurt their bottom line.

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agemyth 😩

Shooting people in the face in the name of peace also happens to fit in western ideals/culture, so they should bring this version over.

Monetization idea for family friendly peace: