PUBG Mobile may soon return to India, a new report says. The report comes just days after Tencent Games put the final nail in the coffin for PUBG Mobile by suspending India’s servers. While Tencent’s move made the PUBG Mobile ban in India something of a definitive one, it also offered to shut down the entire saga so the game can be restarted in India.
Discussions about restarting the game and restoring PUBG Mobile to India have been going on for a while. It involves finding a new game distributor now that Tencent is out of the game. The original rights to the game are held by a Korean company, which created PUBG and then licensed the distribution of PUBG Mobile to Tencent, a company based in China. Now, this Korean company is looking for ways to bring PUBG back to India.
A TechCrunch report notes that preparations for the relaunch of PUBG Mobile in India have already begun and that there may soon be a Diwali campaign to popularize the game. The report also claims that the owner of PUBG IP is currently looking to set up India-specific servers that will take care of the government’s concerns regarding India’s user data and privacy.
In September, the Indian government banned PUBG Mobile, citing security concerns, along with a number of other Chinese apps. While this resulted in the game being launched from the Play Store and the iOS App Store, it wasn’t until the end of October when the game was finally shut down in India after Tencent Games shut down its servers in India.
At the same time, Tencent announced it was returning its publishing rights for PUBG Mobile for India to its South Korean-born creator.
This marked the final farewell that much of the Indian gaming community offered the popular PUBG Mobile. India was one of the highest-grossing markets for PUBG Mobile, with over 175 million installs, 24% of total global installs, according to survey company SensorTower. Last year PUBG Mobile was raising a whopping Rs 50 crore per month from India, according to Entrackr.
While the latest report is good news for Indian gamers and PUBG Corporation, it casts a shadow over the future of several indigenous games that are on the verge of their official entry into the Indian gaming market. One such candidate is FAU-G, developed by nCore Games funded by Goqii’s Vishal Gondal. Although the makers of FAU-G have stated that the game is not looking to replace PUBG Mobile but to create its own space, it is more or less based on the same first person shooter gameplay. A recent teaser featured avatars of Indian soldiers falling from the sky to fight off intruders with weapons, including guns.
A new report a few days after Tencent Games shut down PUBG Mobile’s servers in India claims the game is coming to the country and may be returning with a Diwali campaign.
- PUBG Mobile could relaunch in India by the end of 2020.
- PUBG Corporation is likely to have plans to install India servers for the game ahead of launch.
- It’s possible PUBG Mobile may see a Diwali campaign ahead of launch.