PUBG banned in India.

You may think its an action shooter game………no its much more.


PUBG Mobile has been the center of the gaming news in India ever since the ban on September 2, 2020. As previously noted, ever since the ban, Google and Apple have removed the game from their app stores. In fact, Android and iOS smartphone gamers can only install the game if they had previously installed the game. Previous game installs mean that the game is still associated with their Google or Apple ID. This ban came just weeks after PUBG Corp teased the launch of its major 1.0 version. It is also worth noting that PUBG Mobile players can still play the game in India.

For tens of millions of gamers in India, Tencent’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) video game was a welcome distraction from the coronavirus pandemic. Then the government said it was pulling the plug.

Its not only shocking to all gamers in India but all over the world. Ban against Chinese apps are trending world wide.According to the information available online, Indian players can still play the popular Battle Royale game. However, this is only temporary before the game developer shuts down its Indian game servers. We are unsure about the timeline of the server shut down. However, the company behind the game has already revealed that it will work with authorities to resolve things. In the meantime, some players are either shifting to other Battle Royale games in the market or the PC version.

Some PUBG players in India have spent thousands of rupees to buy so-called Royal Passes, a way to earn quick rewards and have access to special missions in the game. Some took to Twitter to appeal the ban making #PUBG a top trend across India this week.

The ban is a blow for Tencent in India whose PUBG is a smash-hit in the country. India is PUBG’s biggest market by users, and according to analytics firm Sensor Tower, accounts for 29 percent of the apps total downloads. Still, Sensor Tower says PUBG’s revenue hit will be marginal as India only contributed about 2.5 percent of its lifetime revenue.

India first banned 59 Chinese apps, including ByteDance’s popular video-sharing app TikTok, Tencent’s WeChat and Alibaba’s UC Browser, in June.

PUBG is still available on PC, PS4 as well as Xbox. This is because the game was initially introduced for Windows PCs by PUBG Corporation, which is owned by BlueHole, located in Korea. The same firm is responsible for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. 

When it comes to the mobile version of the game, the Korea-based company was approached by China’s Tencent Games to license out the game. Then, the Chinese company launched the game for both Android and iOS platforms. 

Given the connections of PUBG Mobile with China, the Indian government had to ban it over security and privacy concerns. However, if you are a fan of the game, you can still play it on a PC or a console. Do note that the change of device and the difference of mechanics will make you feel like a noob at start. But once you get the hang of it, you should be able to play with extreme confidence.

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