Google Play and Apple app store have pulled off PUBG Mobile from download following the recent order by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to ban 118 Chinese apps in the country. As of now, the game is still running if the user has already installed it on their phone. Having said that, it won’t be long before ISP (Internet Service Providers) are ordered to block the game thereby completely blocking the game across the country.
The reason for the ban on PUBG Mobile as well as PUBG Mobile Lite, is the game’s association with Tencent Games, a subsidiary of Tencent Holdings which is one of the biggest Chinese multinational companies. The popular battle royale game is played vastly all over the country and is among the 118 mobile apps that have just been banned for “engaging in activities which are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of the state and public order.”
Launched in 2018, PUBG Mobile has a huge fan following all over the globe including a massive audience in India. The game’s origins go back to Korea, however, the mobile version of the game is completely controlled by Chinese multinational technology conglomerate Tencent. Over the course of just over two years, the game has had a major impact on the gaming industry and is one of the biggest titles in the esports industry.
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