China's Tencent drops hugely popular combat game PUBG

China's Tencent drops hugely popular combat game PUBG

Although the approvals process has since resumed, regulators are still working through a hefty backlog, and it would appear that Tencent has grown exhausted of waiting for PUBG Mobile to be given the green light.

Instead, killing an enemy simply sees the enemy give up, drop their loot box and give you a wave.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is available now on PS4, PC, Xbox One and mobile devices. The issue is complicated further because although Tencent owns a stake in PUBG's publisher, Krafton (formerly known as Bluehole), and holds the exclusive license to publish PUBG in China, it does not own the PUBG brand outright.

Others commented on the absence of gore, which regulators have all but outlawed in new titles following a public outcry over perceived excess in video games. The game is described as sort of a PUBG-clone, and Tencent is already offering existing PUBG players a way to migrate their accounts.

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PUBG has been unable to bring in any revenue in China because it wasn't approved by the State Administration of Press and Publication (SAPP).

Tencent's shares were up by as much as 3.7 percent, their biggest intraday climb in about two months. Chinese analysts predict the game will generate between 8 billion yuan and 10 billion yuan ($1.18 billion and $1.48 billion) annually.

Tencent has reportedly pulled the plug on popular video game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in China and shifted users to a more government-friendly game.

Some Weibo users said on starting Game for Peace, they found themselves at a place in the game that strongly resembled the place they left off in PUBG, complete with PUBG gaming history. Screenshots show that a logo for the Air Force recruitment bureau is even displayed on the game's loading screen.

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