Two official version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds went live on both Android and iOS in China late last week. They’re both free to play, excellent mobile versions of the game and, if you don’t mind a bit of tinkering, can be played no matter where you live.
To grab the Android version of the game, you simply need to download the TapTap App Store and search for PUBG. That will let you grab PUBG: Army Attack and PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield. The first is a bit of a twist on the original game and the second is a pretty faithful recreation.
If you want to play the games on iPhone, you’re going to need to create a free, fake account in China for iTunes. It’s not that hard to do (I have accounts for half-a-dozen countries for just this purpose).
Here’s the run down:
- Sign out of your current account.
- Create a new one using a different email address. I use my standard gmail with +thecountry squeezed in after my name. So for instance, if I’m creating a China account it would be Yourgmailname+Ch@gmail.com. Gmail ignores everything after the +.
- When you sign-in the first time it should ask for your country. Select the one you want to use and put in a fake address from there. (I like to use addresses for stadiums). Then select None for your payment method.
- Voila, you’re in your new country’s store and can download any free app you’d like.
Once you’ve created the account and are logged in do a search for Tencent games and you’ll see both listed among the company’s many titles.
You’ll need to create a QQ account to play the games, but that’s free and only takes a second.
Once you’re all set, hop in and enjoy. Or, if you’d rather watch some gameplay. I’ll be streaming a bit today right here.