PUBG Mobile finally bids adieu to its Indian fanbase today. Despite multiple efforts, the gaming app could not convince the Indian Government to un-ban it. PUBG was one of the 118 Chinese apps that got banned by the Indian Government due to security reasons. Following the government order, PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite were removed from the Google Play Store and App Store. However, gamers could still play the game if it was installed on their phone.
PUBG Mobile’s Facebook Announcement
PUBG Mobile took to Facebook to announce that the app will stop functioning completely from 30th October 2020. This announcement applies to those using APK versions of the app as well. PUBG Mobile further highlighted that it was very particular about protecting user privacy and data. On September 2nd, the Indian government banned the app under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. In the Facebook post, PUBG Mobile stated,
Blocking access to PUBG Mobile took much longer than TikTok and other applications from the first batch.
An attempt by PUBG Corporation
Post ban, PUBG Corporation announced that they are withdrawing their partnership with Tencent and making an honest attempt to work out a solution with the Indian Government. Reports state that the gaming company could collaborate with telcos like Airtel and Reliance Jio. A posting of a job opening fired up hope in the hearts of Indian gamers. However, the plans did not work out, and thus, PUBG Mobile finally cleared the air.
PUBG Mobile Statistics
PUBG is a wildly popular battle game all around the world. It has 600 million downloads and 50 million active players, as per reports. Out of these numbers, 33 million users belonged to India. Due to the lockdown imposed to battle the coronavirus pandemic, many Indians turned to OTT platforms and video games. India topped the charts with 175 million installations. In the first half of 2020, PUBG Mobile saw a global revenue gain of $1.3 billion. This helped its lifetime collection to cross the bar of $3 billion.
As a substitute for PUBG, Indian gaming company nCore has come up with its own multiplayer action game named FAU-G. The game is expected to launch next month.