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China allegedly bans several battle royale games including PUBG and Fortnite for containing “ethics risks”.

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Published Dec. 12, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

The newly formed Online Gaming Ethics Review Committee has been examining 20 games for objectionable content.

[Source:EPIC games]

Lately battle royale games have taken the gaming industry by storm. Some of the biggest titles of the genre including PUBG and Fortnite have gained immense popularity in western as well as Asian countries.

But, according to a thread on the subreddit r/games, China may have banned these games because of objectionable content.


Earlier, the Chinese government had set up a review committee to examine popular video games in China which may not be suitable for users. The first batch of 20 games included the likes of League of Legends, Diablo, World of Warcraft, PUBG, Fortnite, H1Z1 and Paladins among the others.


Out of those 20 games, the publishers of 11 games are instructed to remove objectionable content while the other 9 games are banned altogether. The banned titles belong to battle royale category which may have been the primary target of the authorities.


Some of the objectionable contents given on the thread include blood and gore, overly revealing female characters, inharmonious chatrooms, game missions including fraud and distorted concepts of history among others.

Among all the publishers, Blizzard and Tencent are the most affected with multiple titles coming under the radar of the authorities. As of now there has been no confirmation from any publisher or the Chinese government.


The move, if true, is likely to disappoint fans of the battle royale games but may open doors for other publishers to get a hold over China’s huge gaming market.