Tencent has announced that it has shut down the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in China after it couldn’t secure a license from the government to collect revenue from the game.
Before we go thinking Tencent is dropping support for the popular Battle Royale game it seems that the news is being drenched a little more in eastern politics.
According to reports, due to the closure the tech giant is now ushering users over to different titles, Heping Jingying or Elite Force for Peace. Heping Jingying has been approved for monetization by the Chinese Communist party. Many claim this is in part due to the game’s patriotic overtines.
Since launch in March 2018 the mobile spin-off of the PC/console counterpart has come along leaps and bounds becoming one of the world’s most popular video games. In China, the game had roughly 70 million domestic players which would have earned Tencent a pretty packet, so it makes sense that the company would attempt to shift those players to titles it can make money on.
That being said, this is just the tip of the iceberg for video game controversies in China, from governments openly slamming violent and addictive video games, as well as being hostile towards products from other Asian territories.