PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will no longer work in India from today. The company took a Facebook to announce that it will close all logins and servers in India. The same message was also posted on the game’s community forum. The game app was banned by the Indian government in the second wave of China’s app ban due to national security concerns. Along with PUBG, 117 other apps have been banned in India.
Announcement of the termination of services on Facebook, PUBG Mobile wrote: “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. “
While users could no longer download the app from the Indian Google Play Store or the Apple iOS App Store, those who already had the game installed were in some cases playing. With PUBG India’s servers closed, it will be more difficult for users to play games in India. However, we suspect that using a VPN or proxy will still allow some users to bypass the restrictions.
Following the ban, PUBG Corporation had taken away the rights to publish the game from the Chinese company Tencent.
Notably, while PUBG mobile may be gone, PUBG is still available to users. This is because PUBG Mobile is the mobile version of the PUBG game, originally developed by PUBG Corporation, a South Korean game company. However, PUBG Mobile came to the coast when Chinese firm Tencent Games bought a 1.5% stake in Bluehole Studio. This was the version banned by the Indian government due to its connection to China, but not the PC version of the mobile gaming app.
In India’s first wave of Chinese app bans, the government banned TikTok and 58 other apps in India. Apps were first removed from app stores and then blocked on networks. This meant that initially people could no longer download TikTok and then users who already had the app could no longer use the app after it was blocked by servers. In addition to TikTok, popular apps including Shareit, WeChat, CamScanner, and UC Browser were also banned during the first wave of Chinese app bans in India.
All PUBG Mobile servers that cater to Indian users will be shut down from October 30, which is today, the company announced. PUBG Mobile is already banned on the Google Play Store and Apple iOS App Store.
- Through a Facebook and forum post, PUBG announced that its game servers will be shut down in India.
- PUBG Mobile is banned and blocked in India.
- Tencent Games will now discontinue all services and access for users in India to PUBG Mobile in India.