Fortnite and PUBG could be banned in China

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Online Ethics Review Committee puts hammer down over gore, chatroom conduct

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14 December 2018 | 0

It may no longer be possible to play Fortnite or Player Unknown’s Battleground (PUBG) in China after findings from a government established group suggests that the titles may violate the country’s social and ethical rules.

Twenty of the most popular online games in China were included in the supposed review, with nine of the games suggested to be banned immediately.

China holds strict laws around the display of certain themes in video games, with the most common offences surrounding ‘overly revealing female characters’, ‘rewards given based on rank’ and an ‘inharmonious chatroom’.

‘Blood and gore’ is also cited as another reason a game could be withdrawn from Chinese consumers. Blizzard and Tencent are the two publishers who feature most on this list, with other popular games including Epic’s Fortnite and Riot Game’s League of Legends.

The Chinese game market is huge and the banning of these games in this region could have a significant impact upon the Publishers and Developers involved. This trend is not unprecedented however as it is standard for games to be heavily censored for certain content before they’re allowed to be launched in the Chinese market.

If anything comes of these supposed bans will still remain to be seen, but considering China’s track record in this particular area we wouldn’t be surprised.

IDG News Service

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