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Tencent replaces PUBG mobile in China with patriotic ‘Game for Peace’

On Wednesday, Tencent Holdings Ltd dropped the hugely popular mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) in China after failing to secure a license from the government to collect revenues from the game, Reuters reported. Tencent said in a post on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, that it was ending its test version of the multi-player combat game, and directed users to download Game for Peace, a similar, 'more patriotic' multi-player battle game with an anti-terrorism theme, for which it won monetisation approval in April. Tencent had waited more than a year for approval to earn money on PUBG via in-app purchases and had even given the game a socialist makeover to comply with stringent government rules, the report said. Game for Peace, which pays homage to China’s military, closely mimics PUBG’s gameplay, with a similar interface and functions to help users…

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