Talk of Tencent acquiring PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer Bluehole has been doing the rounds for quite some time, with claims that Bluehole previously rejected an acquisition offer prior to the PUBG explosion.
The content amendments are core to the deal, as China's regulators panned the game last month for being too violent, stated the report. That hurdle has apparently been overcome but it will mean changes to the game.
Tencent wins rights to officially release PUBG in China, will 'accord with socialist core values'
On November 22nd, PUBG Corp, with Chang Han Kim as the CEO, announced its contract with Tencent, with Steven Ma as the senior vice president, for the servicing of the popular online Battle Royale game PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) in China. This development also comes after the country's regulatory officials reportedly slammed the game because it reportedly "deviates from socialist core values", Reuters reports. Just this year Tencent, known for publishing popular mobile games like Honour of Kings, saw its market value rise to $520 billion United States dollars, making it the first Chinese company to crack $500 billion. "We will do our best to present a great game to the Chinese users in close cooperation with the company". Recently, NetEase added in-game banners saying things like "safeguard national security, safeguard world peace" in a public show of support for China's ever-tightening grip on entertainment media.
PUBG Corp. provided more insight about the partnership in a press release.