PUBG Shut Down In China, Replaced By Near-Identical Patriotic Alternative

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has pulled in $320 million for Tencent outside China

Technically, this version of the game isn't really PUBG.

In the meantime, "Game for Peace", another Tencent-licensed game similar to "Battlegrounds", will open its test to players on Wednesday. Often likened to the blockbuster book and film series "The Hunger Games", PUBG pits marooned characters against one another in a virtual fight to the death, and has become one of the world's most popular mobile games.

The company is now placing its bets on Game for Peace, a different game that it did manage to get approvals for. 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".

"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.

This effectively means PUBG's quest to invade China - officially at least - is nearing its end. In response, the replacement, Game for Peace, has been given a socialist makeover to meet the strict government regulations. Amusingly, Game for Peace is reportedly PUBG in nearly every single way, and previous PUBG players have found their accounts - even their in-game stats - automatically transferred to the new title.

Tencent had been offering a mobile version of "PUBG Mobile" - which is published by a subsidiary of South Korean firm Bluehole - for about a year.

"Game for Peace" is the first game to feature Tencent's most recent update to its anti-addiction system, which only allows users 16 and older to play and limits play time for those under 18 to two hours. "The game play, the background, the graphic design and the characters, they're nearly the same". It was named as one of the highest-grossing titles on the Steam video game store in 2018.

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