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Chinese app ban: PUBG Corporation withdraws publishing authorization from Tencent Games in India

PUBG hopes to work hand-in-hand with the Indian government to find a solution to enable gamers to once again drop into the battlegrounds.

After the PM Narendra Modi-led government blocked 118 mobile apps, which includes PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik as well as PUBG MOBILE LITE, that are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG MOBILE franchise to Tencent Games in India. Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country.

As the company explores ways to provide its own PUBG experience for India in the near future, it is committed to doing so by sustaining a localized and healthy gameplay environment for its fans.

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In an official announcement, PUBG Corporation has revealed that it is “actively monitoring the situation around the recent bans of PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG MOBILE Lite in India. It has seen an overwhelming amount of support for the game from the country’s player base and would like to thank the community for their passion and enthusiasm.”

“PUBG Corporation fully understands and respects the measures taken by the government as the privacy and security of player data is a top priority for the company. It hopes to work hand-in-hand with the Indian government to find a solution that will allow gamers to once again drop into the battlegrounds while being fully compliant with Indian laws and regulations,” it added further.

For those who are not into gaming and wondering what PUBG MOBILE is all about? Well, it is the mobile version of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), an intellectual property owned and developed by PUBG Corporation, a South Korean gaming company.

The blog post also notified that the company is actively engaged in developing and publishing PUBG on multiple platforms that comprise of PUBG MOBILE in select territories in order to provide the best player experiences possible.

PUBG Corporation further asserted that it is committed to providing its unique battle royale experience to a global audience and hopes to continue engaging with its passionate player base in India as well. In addition to regular content updates, the company is delving deep to identify different ways to engage its community in India through various region-based activities, including esports and community events.

However, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, has earlier stated that this move to block 118 apps will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and Internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace.

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