PUBG removed in China, replaced with 'Game For Peace'

After trying to get approvals to release and monetize PUBG, the popular battle royale, Tencent has pulled the game and replaced it with a patriotic clone.

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PUBG removed in China, replaced with 'Game For Peace'
By  Kevin Sebastian Published  May 9, 2019

Tencent has pulled the popular battle royale video game, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds out of China following challenges in getting regulatory approvals from the Chinese government. They've replaced it with a more patriotic game titled, Game of Peace.'

In a report from Reuters, the PUBG (as the game is popularly called) has been delayed by a year for approval to earn money via in-app purchases. Authorities were not particularly enthused by the nature of the game and have described the video game to be violent.

Game for Peace' appears to be the same game with the similar mechanics that follow Chinese government rules on media. In a social media post on Weibo, China's Twitter like platform. Tencent said it would discontinue PUBG and had launched the anti-terrorism themed 'Game for Peace' which it gained approvals on monetization.

The Chinese video gaming leader has waited in vain for over a year for approval to earn money on PUBG via in-app purchases, having given the gory, South Korean-made game a socialist makeover to meet stringent government rules.

In a website statement, Tencent described Game for Peace as a tactical shooting game developed in-house which “pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard our country’s airspace”, in reference to the Chinese air force.

Unlike PUBG where players eliminate others in a Hunger games style game mode, Game of Peace sees players having a "friendly" paintball style fight, all the other mechanics are identical. Reuters reports that one Weibo user said, "When you shoot people, they don't bleed, and the dead get up and wave goodbye!" Tencent has told Reuters “they are very different genres of games”.

“With PUBG Mobile having around 70 million average daily active users in China now, we expect Game for Peace could potentially generate 8 billion yuan to 10 billion yuan ($1.18 billion to $1.48 billion) in annual revenue”, said analysts at China Renaissance.

Tencent share prices increased 2 percent following the news. 

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