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China could ban PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

By Greg S ยท 12 replies
Oct 30, 2017
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  1. Rising up the charts and quickly making battle royale games popular and inspiring similar games, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds may prove too controversial for China. In a statement from a Chinese gaming association, the game has been deemed excessively violent and bloody for sale in China.

    A main concern for officials is that a fight to the death game goes against core values of socialism and could be detrimental to maintaining a unified country. PUBG is not at all likely to receive a required license for deployment of the finished game in China. Arguably, the in-game violence is not all that much of a problem and the issue is strictly political because other games with more violence have gone untouched.

    While China is a huge market for PUBG's South Korean developer Bluehole, it will not be a total loss. Selling over 13 million copies to date, Bluehole has grossed nearly $400 million on a game that is still in pre-release phase. With Xbox One and One X consoles and possibly other consoles set to receive PUBG later this year, there is still an enormous amount of room for growth.

    Although it may be unfortunate for Chinese residents, there is very little that Bluehole could do in attempt to appease Chinese regulators. The fundamentals of the game can not be changed enough to please officials without ruining the game experience for the players.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,882   +2,203

    So the home of Mao n' Friends doesn't like violence? Go figure! I guess now we don't have to worry about all those hyper-ballistic missile launchers they're building in the south china sea!
  3. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    Bribing is part of Korean culture just like Chinese, just look at Samsung. They just don't wan't to pay, they are becoming like any western publisher, either all the money or none of it. If they gave Chinese government the usual 50% of profit the problems would disappear instantly.
  4. Avenger001

    Avenger001 TS Booster Posts: 57   +44

    I understand their concerns and what they are saying but no one should take the route of dictating to its people what games they can\cannot play. If the people themselves want it banned then so be it, but you cannot be the one to decide for them.
  5. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    That's like american drones or nuking of Japan, it happens far away so no one cares, especially with such poor biased education. Just make sure everyone dies so there's no witnesses or if there are make sure propaganda machines silences them (make them look mad like Vietnam vets for example or just sift media focus on taxes or ***** celebrity politicians, or like china; just ban everything and kill all non believers). Haven't heard of China actually attacking anywhere but US seems to bomb the **** out of everything for the tiniest reason. Nobel would spin in his grave if he heard that drone using terrorist like Obama got an award that uses his name.
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,882   +2,203

    If I didn't just get a number of my comments deleted I would have a field day with you. And you haven't heard of the chinese navy ramming foreign vessels in the south china sea? An area that is recognized internationally as international waters? But, no, none of that matters, you'd much rather use this time to bash a former president who's almost entirely irrelevant now. Come on, trump will have been president for almost a year here, you aren't going to be like one of those liberals that still wont shut up about Bush causing the 2008 financial crisis, are you?
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,123   +1,617

    Man, I'm glad I live in a location where no one - especially the government - gives a rip what games I play or what movies I watch.
  8. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Maniac Posts: 217   +155

    That's not true at all. Every time I get into the start of a PUBG round all I hear is "China number one!" That's it, story over.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    The Chinese citizens are allowed to play video games that aren't thoroughly vetted and approved by their regime?
  10. Jerimy AG

    Jerimy AG TS Member

    This is like a dream come true, most of the hackers of the game comes from there
  11. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 406   +124

    Excessively violent and bloody? Have they seen half the crap that anime and martial arts movies have brought to media?
  12. roberthi

    roberthi TS Addict Posts: 406   +124

    You seem to ignore the many things America does to help poor countries with food, water, medicine, protection, electricity, education and more. Let's not be too biased now. when was the last time you saw China doing as much for the world?
  13. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,146   +142

    Oh darn. There goes a majority of the hackers I loved so much.

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