Is PUBG back in India?
Here’s an interesting news for PUBG loyalists. The Indian government's latest ban on 118 Chinese apps, including famous gaming app Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), has forced PUBG Corporation, the South Korean parent company, to withdraw its partnership with Tencent Games.
PUBG's parent company PUBG Corporation is a subsidiary of Bluehole, a South Korean video game firm. Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent had been approved for publishing a mobile version of the game in India. The massively successful multiplayer game had a mention in Chinese apps' recent list, which resulted in PAN India ban across the country, much to the gaming community's shock.
What is PUBG Corporation doing to bring back the game in India?
PUBG had about 40 million active monthly users in India and was by far the top revenue app in India, ahead of Netflix and Tinder or any other applications. The ban caused a nationwide uproar on social media, becoming the global highest-trend Twitter topic. But now, the PUBG Corporation, under Bluehole's original internal gaming brand, may have given the news the gamers were anxiously waiting to hear.
In a blog post, the company said, "In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has decided not to authorize the PUBG MOBILE franchise to Tencent Games in India anymore. PUBG Corporation will continue to take on all publishing responsibilities within the country”. Tencent Games was a licensed publisher of PUBG Mobile in India. The company also claimed it monitored India's developments and respected the Indian government's decision to give precedence to Indian users' data privacy and security.