Tencent Gets Regulatory Rebuke Over Hit Game

Doris Richards
August 17, 2018

Apparently, Chinese regulators received many complaints about the content within the monster-hunting video game, complaints like the high amount of corpses seen in-game and the act of hunting and killing exotic monsters.

The game has been pulled off Tencent's WeGame distribution platform in China after it was released on August 8.

Tencent shares were down 3.71 percent at 11:52 a.m. HK/SIN time versus a 0.84 percent decline on the broader Hang Seng index.

The stock has dropped more than 14 percent this year, losing around $160 billion in market value since peaking in January.

"People are very concerned about Tencent in the short-term at the moment", said Douglas Morton, head of research in Asia at Northern Trust Capital.

He said the block follows concern over Tencent's ability to monetise "PlayerUnknown Battleground" (PUBG).

With over 2 million copies sold on Steam to date, global sales of Monster Hunter World on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC have exceeded 10 million total units.

Monster Hunter: World for PC, five days after launching on Tencent's WeGame, is no longer for sale in China due to the "numerous complaints" that came from the country's authorities. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which regulates the video games industry, did not respond to requests for comment. Unfortunately Capcom did not provide a time for when they would be rolling out these fixes so we can only hope that these problems are not major ones and instead can just be fixed with a simple small update.

The company says it will strictly abide by the law and offer a refund to users who have already purchased the game. They could choose to continue playing but there would be no guarantee the service would continue, it said.

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