PUBG is no longer to be had on Google Play and App Store, days after it was once banned alongside 117 Chinese-origin apps. At the time of writing, the game — be it PUBG Mobile or PUBG Mobile Lite — continue to work for many who have already got it downloaded. Gadgets 360 has reached out to Tencent for remark on how long it’s going to continue to operate, and we can update whether we hear back.
Earlier on Friday, Tencent said it would engage with the government to receive PUBG back on mobile platforms. India is likely one of the biggest markets for PUBG, with over 50 million day by day active users reportedly, though the revenue share is much smaller. PUBG had taken on even more significance as India went under lockdown because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the game probably the most only ways for friends to actively socialise with every other.
The government says PUBG and other banned Chinese-origin apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity” of the country, and that it was once receiving “many complaints from more than a few sources including several reports approximately misuse of a few mobile apps to be had on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations out of doors India.” Tencent says it takes user and data privacy seriously.
Provided the originally banned Chinese apps like TikTok are still blocked in the country, Tencent might find it tough to restore PUBG Mobile on Google Play and App Store in India. For what it’s worth, PUBG is still to be had on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Of class lesson, that’s a separate version of the game, developed by South Korea’s Bluehole.
Meantime, the home-grown alternatives to PUBG have started popping up. Bengaluru-based nCore games that counts industry veteran Vishal Gondal among investors has announced that it is bringing a game called FAU-G with the backing of actor Akshay Kumar. FAU-G is short for Fearless and United-Guards. The developers also said that they would donate 20 percent of game’s revenue to the government’s fund-raising initiative Bharat Ke Veer.
Will have to the government give an explanation for why Chinese apps were banned? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you’ll subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.