Chinese publisher Tencent is huge, with the company already handling publishing duties for both PUBG and Fortnite in China. It also runs what is essentially the country's version of Steam. According to this new report
, Tencent is currently in talks with EA to bring the surprise hit of the year Apex Legends to China - which would mean they could potentially be handling the Chinese distribution of the three biggest battle royale games out there.
Which is pretty big news when you consider that Apex Legends is still only a couple of weeks old - where in that time it has managed to reach a player base of over 25 million. A feat that took Fortnite a few months to reach. What makes this potential deal a little different though comes down to the two letters, E and A. With Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment owned by EA, the situation is different due to Tencent owning 40 per cent stake of Epic Games in addition to a minority interest in PUBG developer Bluehole.
This also brings up an interesting point mentioned in the report, which notes that Fortnite in-game purchases are currently not available in Chine, with Tencent awaiting government approval on that front. Same goes for the free-to-play mobile version of PUBG in the country.