Popular video game PubG has been barred in China. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, commonly known as PubG was the latest craze to sweep gamers after it was developed and published by South Korea. Chinese internet giant Tencent, however, has found an alternative for the hit video game as it did not adhere to the government’s regulations. Tencent has instead found a state-approved alternative for players.
The new replacement is called ‘Game for Peace’. The government of China has previously known to have banned websites or video games that have not lived up to the government’s standards or have put the country in a negative light. Video games that contain violence, gambling or sex have also been banned in the country. Tencent’s Game for Peace features many similarities to the original PubG and has shooting mechanics and murder, however, there is no gore and has many socialist themes. Game for Peace features a new dying animation, where the enemies wave goodbye to the players after they have been murdered. Moreover, the new version also allegedly pays tribute to the blue sky warriors that guard China’s airspace. Although Game for Peace bears striking resemblances to PubG, a company’s spokesperson allegedly told Reuters that “they are very different genres of games.”
Reports suggest, title for the game was previously widely been tested but without revenue. Latest news is Tencent gave up on securing a license to monetize the title. Tencent had been testing a mobile version of the game in China and reported that about 70 million people were playing the game daily. However, it was also reported that the company was unable to get the necessary approval to offer in-app purchases and could not make money from the game. Tencent announced closure of PubG on a micro-blogging site called Weibo. Furthermore, the company said players could download the state-approved Game for Peace instead.