The Indian Government has announced a ban on 118 more Chinese apps which it considers to be “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India.” Among the apps on the list is the smash-hit game PUBG along with Baidu, InNote, AppLock, Alipay, and FaceU. The country’s government has stated that these apps held the potential to harm the country’s defense, security, and public order.
India’s IT Ministry in a statement said: “This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.”
The government explained that the move was in response to the complaints it had received about the misuse of some of the mobile apps on Android and iOS for stealing and transmitting user data to servers outside India. The latest ban on apps is India’s third round of crackdown on apps.
The country’s gamers will not have a pleasant day as India is home to 25% of PUBG’s global gamer base. The multiplayer battle royale game is a constant on the top of charts in the Play Store and the App Store in India. The Esports Federation of India has said that there was no reason to panic as the industry does not solely depend on PUBG. He added that the development could open opportunities for home-grown developers who could innovate in the market.
The social media was abuzz within an hour of the order by the Central Government of India. As people thronged to the social media platforms, PUBG became a trending topic on Twitter.
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