Top Selling Video Game of 2017 Comes to China After Socialist Makeover

Top Selling Video Game of 2017 Comes to China After Socialist Makeover

Last month, China's content regulator said that South Korean developer Blue Hole's hottest-selling title of 2017 "severely deviates from socialist core values" and would likely be prohibited from sale in the country.

Two weeks ago, we learned Tencent was still pursuing the acquisition of PUBG creator Bluehole-having had a bid turned down prior to the online shooter's runaway success.

There's a few bits in that update on the official PUBG site that may interest fans including a tweaking of the hit damage, a number of audio alterations, and a couple of bug fixes.

Tencent (OTCPK:TCEHY, OTCPK:TCTZF) will bring its Playerunknown's Battleground (PUBG) video game to China but with edits to satisfy the local government, according to Reuters. That hurdle has apparently been overcome but it will mean changes to the game.

"PUBG is now the most popular survival shooter game and is enjoyed by users all over the world", Tencent senior vice president Steven Ma said.

Tencent will operate the game in the region.

Tencent Holdings Ltd, the Chinese gaming giant will be responsible for localizing the game.

A PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds spokesperson did confirm to MCV's sister site Esports Pro, however, that Tencent does not now own a stake in either Bluehole or the more recently formed PUBG Corp.

Reuters points out that Tencent rival Netease has inserted red banners carrying slogans such as "safeguard national security, safeguard world peace" into its title Wilderness and Terminator 2. "We will also offer a different, fun experience on PC", Steven Ma, Senior Vice President of Tencent, said in a statement provided to Glixel.