China replaces PUBG with patriotic game

PUBG Mobile Pulled by Tencent From China as Regulatory Approval Proves Elusive

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. They have regularly topped the Chinese App Store download charts and are thought to have around 70 million daily active users on average.

As reported by Reuters, Tencent has now begun shifting PUBG Mobile's playerbase to a new title called Game for Peace, which many have noted bears a striking resemble to Battlegrounds. Incidentally, Game for Peace has found approval for monetisation from the government.

The hashtag "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is gone" was trending on Chinese online platform Weibo, amassing 510 million views and 127,000 posts as of Wednesday afternoon.

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The crackdown shaved around US$250 billion (RM1 billion) off the company's stock market value by late a year ago, though shares have largely recovered as some game approvals subsequently resumed.

Game approvals in China suffered a nine-month hiatus previous year after an administrative reshuffle in March created a major backlog plus a breakdown in command.

AFP was not immediately able to reach Tencent for comment. "The gameplay, the background, the graphic design, and the characters, they're nearly the same", she said.

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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.

Tencent, on the other hand, says the two games belong to "very different genres".

Global game distributor Steam named PUBG one of its highest-grossing titles of 2018.

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"But I didn't expect that once I updated it to Game of Peace it returned me back to the same level". "When you shoot people, they don't bleed, and the dead get up and wave goodbye!"

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