Iraq bans PUBG and Fortnite, Tencent to sell Switch in China, more

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How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for April 19th, 2019. The sun is shining, I’m feeling good, let’s talk about some video games. Thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript.

Iraq bans PUBG and Fortnite

Following Nepal banning PUBG only last week, Iraq has followed suit. Not only that, they are also lumping Fortnite into the mix. They voted to ban the two games due to quote “the negative effects caused by some electronic games on the health, culture, and security of Iraqi society, including societal and moral threats to children and youth.” endquote. This is interesting to see only a few games being banned from these countries – it makes me wonder what factors into it. Popularity of them is obviously the biggest thing, but whoever desperately wants to play these games are going to be smart enough to download a VPN. Another reason may be accessibility, since both are on mobile, and games like Call of Duty may not necessarily be as easy to play.

Tencent cleared to distribute Switch in China

Tencent has been granted permission to distribute the Nintendo Switch in China. Up to this point the console was not available in the country, but now the ball has begun rolling. Further approvals may still be required from the central Chinese government, which is something we would probably hear about in the next 7 days. Nintendo and Tencent have a previous relationship, with the Switch being the location of their first ever console release called Arena of Valor. We’ll see if the Switch can succeed in China, with both Xbox and PlayStation struggling there previously.

Game release: Cuphead on the Switch. Free games: Transistor and Assassin’s Creed Unity

Okay we’ve got a bunch of game news here. Speaking of the Switch, Cuphead has finally made its way there today. People are complementing the port, saying that it is nearly identical to the Xbox version, and is perfect for portable play. Next, Transistor is now free to keep on the Epic Games Store. I haven’t played it myself, but Supergiant Games has an incredible reputation and this will definitely be going high up on the backlog priority for me. World of Goo will be the next free game on the platform. Also free is Assassin’s Creed Unity on uPlay, be sure to pick that up.

Servers shutting down for Burnout Paradise

Lastly, Burnout Paradise will be closing its servers 11 years after release, with the final day happening on August 1st. This will affect both the console and PC versions, but not the Remastered servers. So if you want to play online you’ll need to get the Remastered edition.

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