Tencent shuts down PUBG Mobile in China for patriotic alternative

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds<em> or </em>PUBG <em>is one of the world’s most popular — and profitable — video games. </em>” src=”https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/OxnFfQXTFxVhBT6bCh7g-Hqf_3Q=/0x0:1419×946/1310×873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63755516/02_pubg.w710.h473.2x.0.jpg”></p><p>Tech giant Tencent has dropped the hugely popular mobile version of <em>PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds </em>in China after failing to secure a license from the government to collect revenues from the game.</p><p>Instead, the company is migrating users over to a similar title, <em>Heping Jingying </em>or <em>Elite Force for Peace,</em> reports <a href=Reuters and the Financial Times. Heping Jingying has already been approved for monetization by the Chinese Communist party, thanks in no small part to its patriotic overtones. One analyst described the game as “a tribute to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force” — part of China’s national military — with anti-terrorism themes.

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Author: James Vincent