The esports industry in China received an enormous blow as esports tournaments of PUBG: Battlegrounds are now banned. The ban was imposed as the Chinese National Press and Publication (NAPP) did not give its approval. PUBG: Battlegrounds is the PC version of the game and has a massive fan following in the country. Currently, only the esports events of PUBG are banned, which will not affect the streaming of the game.
Yibo Zhang, Vice President, China Culture Management Association Esports Committee, in a statement said, “This ban will affect thousands of PUBG tournament organisers, 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.”
The mobile version of PUBG called Peacekeeper Elite in China is not affected by the esports ban. The latest ban will affect the industry as China has some of the world’s highest number of esports professionals, teams, and content creators.
ALSO READ: PUBG Mobile Unveils A $100 Million Program
Penguin Esports, the live-streaming platform of Tencent, has removed PUBG broadcasts from its platform. Likewise, live-streaming services, DouYu and Huya have also changed the Chinese name of PUBG to ‘Chicken Game’ and ‘Daily Chicken Dinner,’ respectively.
The ban also affected the PUBG Champions League (PCL), which is a professional league in the country that offers millions in prize pool. It also gives esports players the qualifications to compete in the PUBG Global Championship, which is due to kick off on 19th November.
While the PUBG: Battlegrounds ban is making headlines, other games like Apex Legends, Valorant, etc. are still awaiting approval by the NAPP. News reports also state that the PUBG ban is mostly targeted at Steam, a video game digital distribution service by Valve, which is an overseas gaming platform.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE
SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE