China has banned all PUBG competitions in the country after the game failed to win the approval of the Chinese government’s regulatory agency, the National Press and Publication Administration (NAPP). One of the most popular games in China, PUBG had been awaiting game approval by the NAPP but was given the thumbs down.
“This ban will affect thousands of PUBG tournament organizers, teams, content creators, streamers, and professional players,” Yibo Zhang, Vice President of China Cultural Management Association Esports Committee told Sports Business Journal. “It’s not clear whether PUBG will be banned on live streaming platforms. So far it’s only PUBG competitions.”
Tencent’s live streaming platform, Penguin Esports, has already removed PUBG broadcasts entirely. Meanwhile, DouYu and Huya have changed the Chinese name of PUBG to Chicken Game and Daily Chicken Dinner.
Besides PUBG, VALORANT and Apex Legends are yet to get NAPP approval, leaving their futures in the country up in the air. Although the Chinese are yet to provide a reason for these bans, it’s believed these regulations are likely targeting Steam because it’s an overseas gaming platform. How all this affects the PUBG Global Championship, due to kick off on November 19th, remains to be seen.
(All information was provided by Dexerto)
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