China orders Tencent to kill off new game

17 Agosto, 2018, 15:35 | Author: Misty Newman
  • China orders Tencent to kill off new game

Monster Hunter: World's PC port now holds a rating of 6/10 on Steam, with only 48% players giving it a thumbs up.

Add this with 8 million copies sold on consoles, the game has now surpassed 10 million units sold across all three platforms.

Tenecent shares are lower towards the Asian market close Tuesday, as news emerges that Chinese regulators have blocked the sale of its latest blockbuster game, "Monster Hunter: World". If true, this means Monster Hunter: World might be a casualty of a larger corporate and political conflict.

WeGame is Tencent's version of Steam, a popular PC games distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation.

Last quarter, Tencent's gaming business boosted revenues for the company. That's hobbled revenue growth at the internet giant and contributed to a 15 percent slide in its stock since June.

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"Tencent used to be a world-class gaming and social media company, but has transformed into a massive multisector VC operation with important gaming and social media sidelines", said Brock Silvers, MD of Kaiyuan Capital, a China-based advisory.

Players can still continue playing Monster Hunter World, albeit at their own risk. Tencent acquired the license to sell the game to PC users in China.

As can be seen on SteamCharts, moreover, the number of active users simultaneously has exceeded the peak of 329 thousand players, making the Capcom hunting game one of the most played titles on Steam of the moment. In the new title, many elements were designed specifically to cater more to the Western audiences, allowing for more freeform online play and less forced direction.

This isn't the first time that a game has been removed in China after launch; a release of World of Warcraft back in 2009 got the boot for a short amount of time just because of some skeletons that were portrayed.

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