PUBG Can't Be Played in China Anymore

From PC Mag: The mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) has proved very popular in China, attracting over 70 million players every day, but it can no longer be played after failing to receive regulatory approval.

As Reuters reports, Tencent Holdings has been forced to shut down the test version of PUBG after Chinese regulators failed to approve the game for monetization. In other words, Tencent isn't allowed to earn revenue from the game, meaning the cost of running the servers and maintaining the game can never be recouped.

With so many players logging in to play the game each day, Tencent needed an alternative and that comes in the form of Game for Peace. It's described as a tactical shooting game Tencent developed itself which "pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard our country's airspace." Those blue sky warriors being the Chinese air force. As you'd expect, Game for Peace quickly gained approval for monetization in China.

IHS Markit games analyst Cui Chenyu has stated Game for Peace is incredible similar to PUBG, "It's almost exactly the same ... The game play, the background, the graphic design and the characters, they're almost the same." Tencent on the other hand claims, "they are very different genres of games."

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