PUBG Mobile Removed From App Store, Google Play in India

PUBG is now not obtainable on Google Play and App Store, days after it was banned alongside 117 Chinese-origin apps. At the time of writing, the sport — be it PUBG Mobile or PUBG Mobile Lite — proceed to work for many who have already got it downloaded. Gadgets 360 has reached out to Tencent for touch upon how lengthy it would proceed to operate, and we’ll replace if we hear again.

Earlier on Friday, Tencent mentioned it might have interaction with the federal government to get PUBG again on cellular platforms. India is likely one of the largest markets for PUBG, with over 50 million every day lively customers reportedly, although the income share is way smaller. PUBG had taken on much more significance as India went beneath lockdown because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the sport one of many solely methods for associates to actively socialise with one another.

The authorities says PUBG and different banned Chinese-origin apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity” of the nation, and that it was receiving “many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India.” Tencent says it takes person and knowledge privateness severely.

Given the initially banned Chinese apps like TikTok are nonetheless blocked in the nation, Tencent would possibly discover it onerous to revive PUBG Mobile on Google Play and App Store in India. For what it is price, PUBG continues to be obtainable on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Of course, that is a separate model of the sport, developed by South Korea’s Bluehole.

Meanwhile, the home-grown alternate options to PUBG have began popping up. Bengaluru-based nCore video games that counts business veteran Vishal Gondal amongst traders has announced that it’s bringing a recreation known as FAU-G with the backing of actor Akshay Kumar. FAU-G is brief for Fearless and United-Guards. The builders additionally mentioned that they might donate 20 p.c of recreation’s income to the federal government’s fund-raising initiative Bharat Ke Veer.

Should the federal government clarify why Chinese apps have been banned? We mentioned this on Orbital, our weekly know-how podcast, which you’ll be able to subscribe to through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, obtain the episode, or simply hit the play button beneath.

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