Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is a PC game on Steam which has quickly become the hottest thing since sliced bread. If you've never played it, the basic format of the game is 100 random players get dropped on an island, loot guns and other items, and the fight to the death. It's a genre known as "battle royale," and while a bunch of games have tried similar things, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (or PUBG for short) does just about everything right. In English, the closest thing to PUBG is probably Guns Royale [Free], but in China a game titled 荒野行动 which translates roughly to "Wilderness Survival" has stolen the top spots from Arena of Valor- A massive feat, considering Arena of Valor is so huge that it has drawn the ire of the Chinese government.

Here's what 荒野行动 looks like in action:

It's baffling how much of the game is blatantly copied directly from PUBG, from how the plane works to how the island looks, there's even red zones you need to avoid. Normally we'd just write this off as yet another weirdo App Store knock-off, but this game is published by NetEase which is one of the largest Chinese mobile game companies. It also happens to be available on the US App Store, although the game is entirely in Chinese. However, if you've played PUBG, once you figure out how the menus and other things work it's not too difficult to piece the rest together.

What a weird world we live in.

  • Jeremy Price

    I’d play it

  • Dailon Huskey

    It's on the Japan App Store too I just downloaded it 🙂

  • Dailon Huskey

    Yep that’s it in the Japan store
    And I’m loving it! Can’t put it down very fun game

  • Gamera Love

    i downloaded from jp app store. it's fun

  • Valu Gamez

    Weird how it's like EXACTLY the same as PUGB in every way. If this isn't illegal, I don't know what is...

    • Mariko

      China has no copyright laws. So technically no, it isn't.

      • Eli Hodapp

        Games are also notoriously difficult to copyright, as we've seen with Zynga and others almost directly ripping off entire games. Unless they're re-using assets, there's little that can be done.

      • Cyril Dieudonné

        most of the assets used in games are bought from asset market places. Good luck!

      • Cyril Dieudonné

        China has copyright laws, what are you talking about? They even blocked the iphone for a while because a Chinese ghost company complained Apple copied their design. China has a whole enormous unit working on copyright matters. It's not up to China to block the game if it's a copy, it's up to PUBG to complain and demonstrate the copyright ownership in China or where there is obvious infringement.

      • Michael Lee

        Copyright laws are only enforced if you have the right connections and grease the right palms. Ironically, NetEase is a company that is very good at that. (They also publish for Blizzard and Minecraft.)

    • Im super duper Teemo

      All of the GAMELOFT games are rip offs as long as they dont use the same name they're fine... The genre started with ARMA 3 i believe, h1z1 was there before PUBG and then FORTNITE came, its not like PUBG was original either.

      • Valu Gamez

        It's one thing for a game to be similar, but I meant that this game literally looks like they ripped the assets from PUBG and re-used them.

        For example, the plane looks exactly the same...not similar, EXACTLY THE SAME. The characters look and move exactly the same. The screen layout is exactly the same. Even the stupid crates and furniture look EXACTLY THE SAME as PUBG.