PUBG Mobile Banned In India

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PUBG Mobile has become one of the most played games in the world, especially in the Middle East.

The game is played by over 50 million people every day, a large portion of those from India.


It has become so successful that it has even spawned its own Esports leagues and organisations.

Swinging The Ban Hammer

PUBG Mobile is one of 118 apps that have been banned by India's Information and Technology Ministry.

The game was added to the list in September, but the ban comes into effect on November 1st.

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COMPETITIVE: PUBG Mobile has even spawned its own Esports leagues and organisations.

There is growing tension between India and China, with India banning many Chinese apps citing security concerns.

PUBG Mobile is published by Tencent, a Chinese corporation that also owns League Of Legends developer Riot Games, as well as having a stake in companies such as Epic Games and Activision.

Breaking Away From Tencent

The PUBG Corporation took charge of the publishing rights, removing them from Tencent's control to try and avoid the ban, however this was unsuccessful.


In a post on the PUBG Mobile website Tencent stated,

"Protecting user data has always been a top priority and we have always complied with applicable data protection laws and regulations in India,"
"All users' gameplay information is processed in a transparent manner as disclosed in our privacy policy. We deeply regret this outcome, and sincerely thank you for your support and love for PUBG Mobile in India."

The South Korean PUBG Corporation are looking at being able to publish the game themselves now that it isn't connected to Tencent, hopefully allowing them to get around the ban.

"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 localised and healthy gameplay environment for its fans.
PUBG Corporation is committed to providing its unique battle royale experience to a global audience and hopes to continue engaging with its passionate player base in India. In addition to regular content updates, the company is exploring different ways to engage its community in India through various region-based activities, including esports and community events."

Many players have expressed their disappointment about this decision and hopefully the PUBG Corporation can get the game back online soon in India.

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50 MILLION: Over 50 million players play PUBG Mobile every day, most of them in India.

If they are unsuccessful, the future of the game could look very bleak.

Call Of Duty Mobile

Activision also severed ties with Tencent when it comes to their mobile version of Call Of Duty.

The company now completely own Call Of Duty Mobile and managed to avoid the ban, giving players a potential new game to play.

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DUCKING THE HAMMER: Call Of Duty Mobile was able to avoid the ban.