Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Not Socialist Enough For China, Faces Ban

The Chinese government envisions a perfect world where ammunition is distributed equally among the masses and everyone is equal, except those that are more equal. Since Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is more of a meritocracy of sorts, one where skill, intuition, and a bit of luck will net you the famed chicken dinner, naturally the game must be banned.

A statement released by the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association this week has compared PUBG’s gameplay to Roman gladiatorial combat, noting that “the concept of survival set off a serious deviation from our socialist core values ??and the traditional Chinese culture and ethical norms” that is “not Conducive to the physical and mental health of young consumers.” As a result, the game has been recommended to be rejected for a distribution license, meaning that Chinese players will have to download and play from slow, foreign servers.

While PUBG may not be officially banned, as in the government makes it illegal to own, for now players will have to rely on VPNs in order to play, which are regularly blocked, effectively reducing access to the title. As a large portion of PUBG’s player base comes from China, losing that market would put a huge dent in what would still be a top selling title.

(Source: PC Gamer)

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