Tencent allegedly in talks with Electronic Arts to bring Apex Legends to China – SCMP

What happened: Tencent is negotiating with Electronic Arts (EA) to bring its new hit game title Apex Legends to China, South China Morning Post reported, quoting a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The game, which is the latest release in the battle royale genre where many players fight in a battlefield until there is only one player or team left standing, passed 25 million registered players just one week after launch, according to the game’s developer, Respawn Entertainment.

Why it’s important: The speed at which Apex Legends gains new players has prompted speculation that it could rival two other highly popular battle royale games, Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), or even become the most popular game in the genre. Once brought to China, Apex Legends could prove to be a powerful addition to Tencent’s already impressive line of products, which includes Fornite and PUBG, enabling the giant to dominate battle royale games in China. However, the issue of cheating, which has been plaguing both of Apex Legends’ rivals, still lingers.

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com

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