Chinese authorities will ban PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds tournaments in the country. This was reported by The Esports Observer, citing the vice president of the cybersports committee of the Association for Cultural Management of China.
PUBG championships have been banned because the game itself has still not received approval from the National Press and Publication Administration (NPPA). So far, the situation has only affected the competition scene, but streaming platforms have already begun either shutting down the "battle royale" sections entirely or renaming them.
Other eSports disciplines such as Apex Legends and Valorant have also yet to receive NPPA approval, but so far these games have not been subject to similar restrictions. Journalists from The Esports Observer suggests that the bans on tournaments on PUBG may be aimed against Steam.
Previously, the Chinese authorities have limited the time that minors can spend in the games to three hours a week - from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on weekends on public holidays. In addition, there is a national ban on live streaming online by those under 16 years of age.