(Yicai Global) Nov. 28 -- Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Limited [HKG:0700] will release a mobile version of the vastly popular game Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) in conjunction with developer Bluehole lnc., following last week's announcement that the two parties would work together.
Tencent obtained exclusive agent rights to operate the game on PC last week.
The company said that preparations for the mobile game, which will first be released in China, are going well. The mobile version, similar to the PC version, will look to optimize shooting functions and services related to loading.
More than 20 million copies of PUBG have been sold worldwide since the game's debut on digital distribution platform Steam in March. The game received a number of international awards including the British Golden Joystick Awards (personal computer games category), known as the Oscars for the gaming industry.
Chinese players represent 40.27 percent of PUBG's total global sales, Steam data show, while 49.28 percent the total active users are Chinese, by far outstripping the US and South Korea, which represent the second and third largest userbases, respectively.