India Bans PUBG Mobile

India Bans PUBG Mobile

India has been on a banning spree recently and many mobile games have been outlawed.

Recently, the Indian Government banned 118 apps over [potential] links to China. PUBG Mobile was the biggest of the apps and games.

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology [MEIT] announced the ban-wave following reports that certain apps were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India”

China produces a large number of mobile apps. Thus, the probable Chinese connection. And Tencent Games, which publishes PUBG Mobile, is most definitely a Chinese company.

The Indian Government released a statement, which reads;

“The MEIT, Government of India [is] invoking it’s power, under section 69A of the Information Technology Act, read; with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009, and in view of the emergent nature of threats, has decided to block 118 mobile apps. [These apps are] since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”.

PUBG Mobile pulled in $1.3 billion in revenue within the first six months of 2020. The Indian market had around 175 million downloads, the highest number in any individual country. However, there still remain legal ways to play PUBG in India. Though not on mobile admittedly.

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The ban has seen top Indian live-streamer, Dynamo, call for the eSports community to seek out alternative titles. And, uncoincidentally I’m sure, India’s own battle-royale game, FAU-G, releases next month. Make of that what you will.

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