In a sudden twist of circumstances recently, the official Facebook page of PUBG Mobile India announced the termination of all services and user access across India, starting today (October 30), for PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite. This announcement came as part of the Indian Government’s decision on September 2 to ban PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite. Under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2009, the game is already banned.
Both Google and Apple have already pulled PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite from the Play Store and App Store, respectively, following orders from the Government of India’s Ministry of Electronics and IT. This meant that on Android and iOS, users could no longer download them from the official app stores. Players were still sideloading the APK on Android, and even updates could be provided in this way.
Everyone assumed that, as had happened with TikTok and other applications, the games would shut down their servers fairly quickly, in accordance with the Government of India ‘s orders. Surprisingly, up to this stage, the games have continued to work. Users could usually log in and play the games without any hindrance if users had the games installed.
PUBG Mobile India further clarified in the post, that all the publication rights for PUBG Mobile will be returned to the holders of PUBG Intellectual Property-PUBG Corporation. PUBG Mobile also emphasized that their highest priority is the security of user data and that they have always complied with the country’s data protection laws.
PUBG Corporation has also recently announced that they are withdrawing their relationship with Tencent and that they will try to find a fast settlement with the Indian government. They wanted to comply with all of the country’s current regulations and will take full care of operations.
In addition, they also highlighted the fact that they were looking for reasonable options to bring PUBG Mobile back in India. This statement was supported by their recent LikendIn job posting for running operations in India, in which they were looking for a Corporate Development Division Manager.
According to the reports, this may be the criteria for the service of PUBG Mobile in India after the launch of the Indian version of the game. This news gave all PUBG Mobile players and fans across the country a ray of hope, who were left totally stunned by the ban of the game.
As a result of the new announcement, for both the games from today (October 30), Tencent Games will terminate all operation and access for users in India. The announcement does not state whether, or where, any player data will be retained. It also does not mention any plans by PUBG Corporation to revive the game in India by selecting another publisher.
Krafton Game Union, a subsidiary of the South Korean company Bluehole Incorporated, has developed PUBG Mobile. Tencent Games formerly owned the publishing rights for the game in India. Bluehole Incorporated, however, cut all ties with Tencent games following the decision of the Indian government to ban the game in the region, and decided to take the game’s publishing rights into their own hands.
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