PUBG company to make changes ensuring its ban is lifted in India!
Galatta | Sep 08, 2020, 04:14 pm
The border tensions between India and China began escalating after a clash between the armed forces of the two nations, in June. Ever since, the situation has been tense on the Indo-China border, especially along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Following in the wake of this situation, there were widespread calls from across various parts of India to boycott the use of Chinese products and the Indian Government also banned several popular Chinese apps, starting off with the highly popular TikTok. The Central Government had cited security of the users' data for banning the Chinese apps and recently, further banned 118 Chinese apps, including one of the most popular games among the youth - PUBG! All forms of this game were taken down from the Google Play Store & Apple App Store, in India.
This caused a huge outcry amongst the public, as PUBG is one of the most widely played games in India. This game was being provided in India by Tencent, a China based company. However, the original owner of the game is PUBG Corporation, a South Korean company. Now, in a bid to become compliant with the Indian Government norms and to regain its player base in India, the PUBG Corporation has issued a statement that it would be severing its ties to Tencent - the Chinese tech giant, to ensure that the ban on the mobile version of this game is lifted in India. Earlier today, PUBG Corporation stated that it would drop Tencent as the publisher of its PUBG Mobile game, in India.
A statement by PUBG Corporation says, "In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG MOBILE franchise to Tencent Games in India. Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country." The statement added, "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." A report by an app data tracker states that India was PUBG's biggest market with over 175 million installations of the game, so far. This accounted to about 24% of the total global downloads of the game. The PUBG Corporation has assured to work with the Indian Government to ensure that the ban on the game is lifted in India, so that gamers can get back to enjoying it! Keep watching this space for updates...