In a development that may pave the way for the reversal of the ban on PUBG Mobile, the Korean developer of the game PUBG Corporation has confirmed that PUBG Mobile will no longer be controlled by Tencent Games in India.
Tencent Games is a Chinese firm that used to operate the game in India, with its servers majorly based in China. It was also the reason the popular game made it to the list of 118 apps that were banned by the Indian government last week. Tencent had reportedly lost $34 billion in terms of market value, just a day after the ban on 118 Chinese apps.
In fact, PUBG Corporation has clarified that it will take care of all publishing responsibilities related to the game in India. Notably, PUBG Mobile has a massive user base in India with around 33 million active users.
What PUBG Corporation said?
“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.
In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorise the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. Moving forward, 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.
Move adopted to protect sovereignty and integrity of India: Govt
Notably, the ban was imposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The ministry said the banned apps are engaged in activities prejudicial to the “sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.
The government had earlier banned a number of Chinese applications including TikTok, WeChat, etc. The Centre started banning Chinese apps and apps with dubious credentials after the tussle between the Indian Army and PLA at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June.
Recently, the Chinese troops again engaged in provocative actions in the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake to change the status quo along LAC. However, such attempts were thwarted by the Indian Army.
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