It has been nearly two months since PUBG Mobile was banned in India. The Indian government, after the country’s struggle with China on the border, banned a number of Chinese apps in the country. PUBG Mobile was one of them. It was banned on September 2nd. Now, its servers in India are offline. They will no longer be available, says Tencent, the Chinese company that ran the game in India.
So what’s happening with PUBG Mobile and India? Here’s a quick recap, so far:
– As noted by Tencent on October 29 in a Facebook post as well as a forum announcement, the company is ceasing operations of PUBG Mobile India’s servers and associated services.
– What this means in normal words is that Tencent runs game servers for Indian users. While the PUBG Mobile app had been removed from the Google Play Store and the iPhone App Store, people who had PUBG Mobile installed on their phones could still play if they managed to get past the ISP restrictions. So, some people were side-loading game updates on their phones or even using PUBG Mobile APK to install the game on Android phones. Then, depending on the ISP block, they used a proxy or VPN to get past it, or in some cases there was no ISP ban on connecting to PUBG servers from India.
What has happened now is that these servers will no longer be available to PUBG Mobile players from India. Tencent on October 29th announced that it will shut down these India-specific PUBG servers.
PUBG Mobile page for India noted on his Facebook page, “Dear fans, to comply with the provisional order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on September 2, 2020, Tencent Games will terminate all services and access for users in India to PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG MOBILE Lite (together, “PUBG Mobile”) on October 30, 2020. The rights to publish PUBG MOBILE in India will be returned to the owner of PUBG’s intellectual property. “
– Does this mean there is no way for Indian users to play PUBG Mobile? Guy. But never say never. This means Indian users may need to reinstall the game, side-load the APK, create separate profiles, and then connect to global servers to play PUBG. This means that they may end up losing all the progress they have made in the game so far.
Also, there is a reason for local server game companies. It allows for better latency and optimized performance. If Indian users join global servers, they may find the highest latency and least enjoyable gaming. However, this all depends on Tencent or any other company that manages the servers. If they want, they can tune their servers differently. However, if they facilitate gameplay for Indian users, the Indian government could consider such a violation of its order and intent, which is precisely why Tencent is shutting down PUBG Mobile’s Indian servers. It’s not that technologically it can’t challenge the Indian ban on PUBG Mobile. It just doesn’t want to.
– So, just to recap: PUBG Mobile is no longer available in India via app stores. It was banned on September 2nd. ISPs were previously told to deny connection requests to learn about PUBG Mobile’s servers, although it was difficult to implement. And now Tencent has shut down or at least has said so publicly: PUBG Mobile servers targeting Indian gamers.
– What does this mean for PUBG Mobile and India? Can PUBG Mobile return to India? In the statement released by Tencent on October 29, it also said “The rights to publish PUBG MOBILE in India will be returned to the owner of PUBG’s intellectual property.” This is something we are hearing over and over again. PUBG Mobile is actually owned by a Korean company, which also runs PUBG on computers. This is why PUBG on computers is still available in India.
Tencent’s statement shows that there is some development regarding PUBG Mobile ownership in India. If the Korean company takes full responsibility for the development and distribution of PUBG Mobile in India, it is possible that the game will return. However, this will take time. So, it may take several weeks, or even months, before we see PUBG Mobile return to India.
PUBG Mobile was banned in India in September and now its servers in India have been shut down by Tencent. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening with PUBG Mobile in India and will it be back?
- India banned PUBG Mobile on September 2nd.
- After the ban, PUBG Mobile was removed from the Android Play Store and iOS App Store.
- Now, PUBG Mobile India’s servers have been shut down by Tencent.