On September 9, Tencent held a press conference and announced that it has reached a deal with Hi-Rez Studios to publish its free-to-play team-based shooter Paladins: Champions of the Realm in China, which will be in beta starting from September 13.
Tencent has a long history of operating FPS in China. One of Tencent’s three huge hits on PC is Crossfire (the other two are League of Legends and Dungeon and Fighter) , developed by Korean company, Smilegame. Tencent brought Crossfire to China back in 2008, which has become the most played FPS in China, with 5 million concurrent players globally.
As we know, NetEase brought Blizzard’s FPS Overwatch to China back in May. The game is quite popular among Chinese players. According to the financial reports of NetEase for the second quarter, Overwatch sold 3 million copies in China by the end of June 30.
As for Paladins: Champions of the Realm, Tencent is not only to strengthen its dominant position in FPS sector, but also plans to hold eSport events with the game.