Tensions have always been high between India and China on the Indo-China border but it hit an all-time high at the beginning of this year when the armed forces of both Asian powerhouses got into skirmishes which resulted in casualties on both sides. Since then, the situation has only been escalating, despite the two countries holding talks on various levels (Military, diplomatic & political). As an aftermath of these clashes, there rose a very high anti-China sentiment across India and the Indian government decided to ban a number of Chinese mobile apps in our country, citing security reasons. In a first round, many popularly used apps, including the short-video sharing service - TikTok, were banned! In a second ban announced by the government, the wildly popular and highly addictive game app - PUBG, was also banned!

There was a huge outcry over the PUBG ban, especially from among the youth, among whom the game was quite a hit. However, despite all these, the app was taken off the Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India, on September 2nd! The one good thing for PUBG players was that, those who had already downloaded the app and were playing it, could continue using it! Unfortunately, even that has come to a stop now! The publisher of PUBG - Tencent Games, has now announced that it is shutting down the game servers for India as well as terminating user access, with effect from October 30th (i.e. today)! This announcement came ut through PUBG Mobile India's Facebook page and all access across India to PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will be terminated! The game was banned on September 2nd, 2020, by the Indian government, under Section 63A of the Information Technology Act 2009!

Elaborating on this announcement, PUBG Mobile India stated that all the publishing rights for PUBG Mobile would be returned to the owner of the PUBG Intellectual Property - PUBG Corporation. They also went on to emphasise that protecting user data was one of their top priorities and that they had always complied with the data privacy and protection laws of our country! Recently, PUBG Corporation had announced that they would be severing ties with Tencent and that they would be working with the Indian Government to arrive at an acceptable solution, soon. There are reports that PUBG Corporation would take direct charge of publishing the game as well as handling the servers which store the users' data and ensuring complete compliance with the Indian laws. Though all PUBG players were left shocked by this decision, there seems to be a mild ray of hope as PUBG is looking to set up a Corporate Development Division, exclusively for India and launch an Indian version of the game! Stay tuned for updates...