The world’s current most popular game, PlayerUnknown’s Battleground (PUBG), is to be approved for release in China after “strategic cooperation” between Tencent and the game’s Korean developer PUBG Corporation, Tencent Games announced on Sina Weibo. The deal will give Tencent exclusive rights to the game in China.

In late October, China’s media regulators announced that the multiplayer PUBG was unlikely to receive a publishing license in China (in Chinese). The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film, and Television (SAPPRFT), is that the game is too bloody and violent.

According to Tencent’s Weibo announcement, Tencent’s senior vice president Ma Xiaoyi said that Tencent will provide the best localized operational support for the game and will work to improve the player experience, for example by expanding server capacity. Tencent will also cooperate with PUBG Corporation to “work with all live-broadcasting, media and online partners to create a fair, healthy and sustainable ecosystem” for the game.

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...