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PUBG Ban in China: Chinese Government to Ban PUBG Esports in Country Excluding Game of Peace

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PUBG Ban in China: Chinese Government to Ban PUBG Esports in Country Excluding Game of Peace

PUBG Ban in China: Chinese Government to Ban PUBG Esports in Country Excluding Game of Peace. PUBG Esports appears to have met a snag in China, as the National Press and Publication (NAPP) has failed to sanction the game. Yibo Zhang, Vice President of China Culture Management Association Esports Committee, explained the reason for the prohibition, simply stating that PUBG has not yet been certified by NAPP.

In China, only the esports aspect of things will be shut down, but PUBG will still be available for gamers to enjoy and play. This includes the PUBG Champions League (PCL), a Chinese franchised league with millions in prize pools that allows players to make esports history by qualifying for the PUBG Global Championship. This follows another divisive anti-gaming decision by the Chinese government, which recently approved a rule limiting children’s internet gaming to 3 hours per week.

PUBG Ban in China: Chinese Government to Ban PUBG Esports in Country Excluding Game of Peace

According to Sports Business Journal, Yibo Zhang, Vice President of the ‘China Culture Management Association Esports Committee,’ said:

“This ban will affect thousands of PUBG tournament organizers, teams, content creators, streamers, and professional players. It’s not clear whether PUBG will be banned on live streaming platforms. So far it’s only PUBG competitions.”

Surprisingly, the game’s Chinese mobile counterpart, Peacekeeper Elite, released by Tencent, is unaffected by the restriction. As one of the world’s most populous countries, China naturally has a huge number of professional esports gamers, content providers, and esports organizations, for whom PUBG is a significant source of revenue.

PUBG isn’t the only game that hasn’t gained NAPP clearance; Valorant and Apex Legends, for example, are still awaiting government permission. According to SBJ, the PUBG ban is likely a policy aimed at Steam, which is an international gaming platform. It’ll be interesting to watch how this affects the PUBG Global Championship, which starts on November 19.

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