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PUBG Mobile shut down in China in favor of blood-free clone

PUBG Mobile shut down in China in favor of blood-free clone

A separate Tencent posting said Game for Peace designers sought advice from China's air force in developing the game, which may have helped it to win approval.

Tencent has been trying for over a year to get the necessary approvals in order for the company to start monetising PUBG through in-game purchases.

Developed by South Korean game maker Bluehole, PUBG is among the world's best-selling games, with over 400 million players worldwide.

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.

The battle royale-style shooter earned its publishers $920 million previous year, but returns haven't been good for Tencent, which licensed a mobile version of the game for China in November 2017. As you'd expect, Game for Peace quickly gained approval for monetization in China.

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Tencent's shares were up by as much as 3.7 percent, their biggest intraday climb in about two months.

Tencent didn't immediately respond to Caixin's questions regarding any possible resumption of "Battlegrounds" and the newer game's commercial potential.

IHS Markit games analyst Cui Chenyu has stated Game for Peace is incredible similar to PUBG, "It's nearly exactly the same". "The gameplay, the background, the graphic design, and the characters, they're nearly the same", she said. However, analyst Cui Chenyu said Game for Peace is otherwise "almost exactly the same" as PUBG. A spokesperson for Krafton told Reuters the publisher was looking into PUBG's status in China and declined to comment further.

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

When it comes to games, regulators aren't playing around. One Weibo user says that the game is now "very socialist", while another says that violence has been scaled down significantly - injured players don't bleed, and dead players reportedly "get up and wave goodbye".


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