There is no denying the popularity of PUBG Mobile globally. The game has attracted 1 billion downloads as of June 2020 with millions of players every day. However, many gamers still think that PUBG Mobile is a Tencent game, is it true or not and Who is the owner Really of this product?
The true owner of PUBG Mobile
Before diving into this topic, let’s learn the basics of the famous game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). It was officially released on December 20, 2017, by the Korean company – PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of Bluehole. That is also the name True owner of PUBG Mobile. Initially, PUBG only supported Microsoft Windows, then it gradually moved to Console. PUBG can now be played on Xbox One, Google Stadia, as well as PlayStation 4.
PUBG grew so fast that it even surpassed the League of Legends in the number of players in 2017. Hundreds of thousands, then millions began to flood, creating one of the most prosperous gaming communities. the world has ever seen.
Witnessing the potential of this game, PUBG Corp has teamed up with technology giant, Tencent Games to develop a mobile version. After a long wait, it was officially released in 2018 to the global server. That’s why you see the Tencent Games logo appear when downloading games. They are the developer, not the true owner of PUBG Mobile Game.
The journey to find the owner of PUBG Mobile takes us to Korea. The company has developed and released the original game is actually Ginno Games – now known as PUBG Corporation. It is an internal studio of Bluehole – a subsidiary of Krafton Game Union. This Seongnam-based company owns many subsidiaries outside of Bluehole. These include PUBG Corporation, En Masse Studio, Pnix and Delusion Studio.
Why are people confused about the true owner of PUBG Mobile
Turns out, Chinese tech giant Tencent Games has a 1.5% stake in Bluehole Studio. Tencent tried to increase its stake but failed. After PUBG is banned by the Chinese Government In 2017, Bluehole didn’t want to miss such a huge market.
Therefore, it embarked with Tencent Games, who promised to bring PUBG into China as a mobile game. That kicked off the PUBG Mobile project and explained why we saw it Tencent logo in this game. In summary, we have the following data:
PUBG was originally developed by PUBG Corporation, formerly known as Ginno Games.
PUBG Corporation, Bluehole Studio and several other subsidiaries of Krafton Game Union, are based in Bundang-gu, Seongnam, South Korea. It is the gaming company that actually owns PUBG Mobile.
Tencent Games has the second highest stake in Bluehole Studio. However, despite being the second highest, it’s only 1.5%.
PUBG Mobile stems from a past incident. When China banned PUBG in 2017, Tencent managed to bring it back to market. That is the beginning of PUBG Mobile game history that many players know later.
According to Chinese censorship laws, PUBG Mobile cannot be distributed in this country due to issues related to violence. Therefore, Tencent had to delete that section and Renamed it Game for Peace.
The creator, or we can say that the founder of PUBG Mobile game is Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene.