PUBG will get official Chinese servers, exclusively operated by Tencent

There isn't a release date for the Chinese version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the books just yet, but hopefully it'll be out soon so eager players can finally get their hands on the game they've been trying to play (legally) for some time now.

Tencent, which recently outstripped Facebook Inc in market value, said it had won the exclusive rights to the game in China, and that it would modify the game in order to meet the requirements of China's regulators and censors.

PUBG Corp is planning to perform a stable game service such as the expansion of the server and enhancement of anti-hacking programs, through the contract with Tencent, the company which has been successfully developing and servicing a diversity of major online games.

As translated by Reuters, a statement from Tencent, the studio in charge of Chinese localisation, says PUBG will feature "socialist core values, Chinese traditional culture and moral rules".


Its bloody gameplay was initially rejected by China's strict censorship laws "because it severely deviates from socialist core values".

"We will localize and operate the game by catering to the preferences of Chinese gamers", noted Tencent Senior Vice President Steven Ma.

Other gory battle royale games, the latest trend to hit the massive gaming market of the world's most populous country, have met similar fates. Its free mobile games called "Terminator 2" and "Wilderness" are two of the most popular mobile titles in China, and they heavily feature red banners and Chinese government slogans.

Changes will highlight the spirit of teamwork and competition in the game, making sure it delivers "healthy, positive cultural and value guidance, especially for underage users".


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