PUBG was already able to boast being the world’s most popular mobile game with more than 100 million people playing monthly, but it’s now also apparently the highest grossing game, too, according to a new report by The Financial Times.
PUBG was able to rake in a mind-boggling $146 million during the last month, according to analyst numbers. That money came from people buying in-game items as well as the China-only rebrand dubbed Game For Peace. That figure comes after Chinese brokerage Great Wall Securities estimated that PUBG Mobile managed revenue of $76 million last month, while Game for Peace generated an additional $70 million.
If you’re outside China, you’re probably unaware of Game For Peace. The title is a re-skinned version of PUBG Mobile, which is essentially the same game but with a new patriotic outlook and less blood. As part of that, players who are eliminated don’t die like they do in PUBG Mobile. Instead, they simply get back up and wave goodbye as many videos posted to social media have shown.
The changes to the game in China are a result of the government’s current stance on games that it believes are capable of corrupting people. As part of that new stance, February saw the Chinese government cease approving new games completely with developers told to re-make existing titles to incorporate a time limit element to them as noted by The Verge.
That anti-game stance doesn’t appear to be impacting Game for Peace one jot, with plenty of money flowing its way regardless.
They changed PUBG Mobile in China to comply with stricter game violence laws. Now when you ‘kill’ someone they give you a loot box and wave goodbye and honestly it’s just so hilariously wholesome pic.twitter.com/Q5xkrtM0MA
— Svend Joscelyne @ E3 2019 (@SvendJoscelyne) May 8, 2019
(Source: The Financial Times)
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