With a new Online Ethics Committee established, the Chinese government has taken a harder stance on reviewing online games. According to PCGamesN and Reddit, the first batch consisting of 20 games has been processed and the publishers of 11 titles out of them were instructed to commit corrective actions and remove or make changes to “ethically questionable content”. The others are finding themselves at the end of a ban hammer.
Let’s take a look at the games that are said to be pulled from the market or prohibited from the sale and the reasons for action:
- PUBG by Bluehole – blood and gore
- Fortnite by Epic – blood and gore, vulgar content
- Alliance of Valiant Arms by Red Duck – blood and gore, vulgar content
- Ring of Elysium by Tencent – blood and gore, vulgar content
- Paladins by Hi-Rez – Overly revealing female characters, blood and gore, vulgar content
- Free Fire Battlegrounds by Garena – Overly revealing female characters, blood and gore, vulgar content
- Knives Out by NetEase – Overly revealing female characters, blood and gore, vulgar content
- Quantum Matrix by NetEase – Blood and gore, vulgar content, inharmonious chat
Other titles such as League of Legends, Blade & Soul, Overwatch, Diablo and World of Warcraft require “corrective actions”. World of Warcraft is already running a separate client for the Chinese region as it stands.
You can find the entire discussion in the Reddit thread.