PUBG is no longer available on Google Play and App Store, days after it was Prohibited alongside 117 Chinese-origin Programs.
In the time of writing, the game — be it PUBG Mobile or PUBG Mobile Lite — continues to function for those who already have it downloaded. Gadgets 360 has achieved to Tencent for comment on how much time it will continue to work, and we’ll upgrade if we listen back.
Earlier on Friday, Tencent said it would engage with the authorities to get PUBG back on mobile platforms. India is one of the biggest markets for PUBG, with over 50 million each day busy users reportedly, although the revenue share is much smaller. PUBG had taken on even more importance as India went under lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, together with the game among the only ways for friends to actively socialise with each other.
The government says PUBG and other prohibited Chinese-origin apps are”prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity” of the country, which it was getting”many complaints from several sources such as several reports about misuse of several cellular programs on Android and iOS platforms such as stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ information in an unauthorised way to servers that have places outside India.” Tencent says it requires data and user privacy seriously.
Considering that the initially prohibited Chinese apps like TikTok are still blocked in the nation, Tencent may find it really hard to restore PUBG Mobile on Google Play and App Store in India. For what it is worth, PUBG remains available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Of course, that’s another version of the game, manufactured by South Korea’s Bluehole.
The home-grown alternatives to PUBG have begun popping up. Bengaluru-based nCore games that count sector veteran Vishal Gondal among investors has declared that it is bringing a game called FAU-G with the backing of celebrity Akshay Kumar. FAU-G is short for Fearless and United-Guards. The developers also said that they would contribute 20 percent of the game’s earnings to the government’s fund-raising initiative Bharat Ke Veer.