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Rocket League gets license approval in China

Tencent partnership leads to free-to-play release of Psyonix's car soccer hit

Rocket League has been approved for release in China on PC, two years after developer Psyonix announced a partnership with Tencent to bring the game to the country.

This comes a weekly update from Niko Partners, with Rocket League one of 24 titles approved last week in China alongside 20 mobile games, two other PC titles, and one console title.

In 2017, Psyonix announced a partnership with Tencent to bring the game to China as a free-to-play release. As of that announcement, the game had sold over 10 million copies across all platforms, and over one million from its physical retail edition.

An official release date for Rocket League in China has not yet been announced.

Earlier this year, Psyonix was acquired by Epic Games (in which Tencent holds a minority stake), though the status of the international PC version of Rocket League on the Steam store following its release on the Epic Games store later this year is still murky.

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