As we know, the Indian Govt. banned 118 apps in India including PUBG over national security concerns on September 2, 2020. Most of the apps/games were made by Tencent and Netease, and the Govt. asserted that the apps were "stealing and surreptitiously transmitting user data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India".
Following this, there was a mixed reaction among the masses. The topic was trending almost everywhere. While hardcore PUBG enthusiasts were devastated by the decision, most of them appreciated the decision, as PUBG was a major distraction, addictive, time-consuming, and posed serious mental and physical health issue. Due to the ongoing, China’s intrusion on Indian Border in Ladakh, people are also patriotic about the ongoing tussle as the reason to ban PUBG is just a retaliation.
Following this ban, the game was pulled off from Google Play Store and Apple App store the next day due to which Tencent lost nearly $34 billion. The losses could be more too if the ban continues. For now, the users who had already installed the game on their phones can still play the game.
Taking charge of this, the developer of the game PUBG Corp, a South Korean based company, has decided to no longer authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. From now onwards, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country. As the company explores ways to provide its own PUBG experience for India in the near future, it is committed to doing so by sustaining a localized and healthy gameplay environment for its fans.
“PUBG Corporation fully understands and respects the measures taken by the government as the privacy and security of player data is a top priority for the company. It hopes to work hand-in-hand with the Indian government to find a solution that will allow gamers to once again drop into the battlegrounds while being fully compliant with Indian laws and regulations,” PUBG said in a statement.
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