PUBG Won't Be Banned In China

Yolanda Curtis
November 22, 2017

The gory, battle royale-style game will get a socialist makeover to meet stringent Chinese rules.

But if the violence is toned down, and in-game elements are altered, can we really still call it PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds?

A couple of weeks ago, The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television in China has deemed that the game "deviates from the values of socialism and is deemed harmful to young consumers". It has been developed by South Korean firm Blue Hole. However, China hasn't blocked the game, either.

The introduction of a dedicated Chinese server and the news that Tencent will assist Bluehole and PUBG Corp in banning cheaters is good news for everyone.

To appease Chinese regulators, Tencent said it will make adjustments to the game's content and ensure "they accord with socialist core values".

There's also the fact that Tencent was criticized earlier this year for getting selling violent video games to children.

The exact form these changes will take isn't entirely clear yet, but Tencent adds that the Chinese PUBG will include "healthy, positive cultural and value guidance, especially for underage users". Just this year Tencent, known for publishing popular mobile games like Honour of Kings, saw its market value rise to $520 billion Dollars, making it the first Chinese company to crack $500 billion.

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