Last week, The Government of India took a huge step to ban 118 apps including the ultra-popular multiplayer game PUBG Mobile. Now, PUBG Corporation the parent company of the game has announced Tencent Games will no longer be having the publishing rights of the game in the country.
PUBG Corporation is the original parent company of the game PUBG Mobile. And PUBG Corp. is essentially a South Korea based company. But in India, the game was controlled by Tencent Holdings which ran the game in India and is a China-based company. The move clearly suggests the intentions of the game to distance its relations from China in order to function in the country.
According to reports just two day after the ban, Tencent reported losses of about $34 million in market value. The Battle Royale game had over 40 million monthly active users in India as of July this year.
PUBG Corporation released a statement saying:
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 authorize 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.
PUBG Mobile is the mobile version of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), an intellectual property owned and developed by PUBG Corporation, a South Korean gaming company. The company is actively engaged in developing and publishing PUBG on multiple platforms, including PUBG Mobile in select territories, to provide the best player experiences possible.
It although still remains unclear that if this move will be enough for the game to mark its return in India. But the decision to distance the game from any kind of Chinese alliances will certainly help ease any kind of communications between the game and the Government of India.
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