- PUBG Mobile has been banned in India for a couple of weeks now and fans are hopeful for its return.
- The game was recently banned in Pakistan and Nepal, only for it to be unbanned later.
PUBG Ban: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Corporation, or PUBG Corp, has been looking for ways to reverse the ban in India. If reports are to believed, PUBG Corp is now looking for an Indian distributor to run the popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile. Yesterday, the battle royale gaming company was reported hand over PUBG Mobile to a South Korean firm. Also Read – After India Ban, Will The USA Ban PUBG? Donald Trump Aiming at Gaming Companies Tied to Tencent
While India’s gaming community sits with lost morale, PUBG Corp made an official statement yesterday that it has pulled down all publishing responsibilities and association with the Chinese firm Tencent for operating in India.
Several Chinese companies are accused of sharing data with Beijing, thus risking user privacy. Since Tencent owned a stake in PUBG Mobile India operations, the government banned the game citing data security concerns.
PUBG responded to the PUBG ban in its statement, “In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorise 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 localised and healthy gameplay environment for its fans.”
The company had also announced that the data of all Indian users will be stored locally. “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 further said.
Since the infamous ban on PUBG Mobile in India, fans of the battle royale game have been anxious to see their favorite game make a return. PUBG Mobile is known for having redefined the entire genre of battle royale gaming and was arguably one of the best mobile games.
While the game has been banned, for now, the hope is not lost. There have been talks about PUBG Corp trying to get the game back to India, which was one of the biggest markets for it.
So until we can get Chicken Dinners back on the menu, let’s take a look at a few other countries that banned PUBG Mobile initially, but then decided to bring it back.
Countries where PUBG Mobile was unbanned1) PakistanProtest in Pakistan (Image credits: ThePrint.in)
Protest in Pakistan (Image credits: ThePrint.in)
PUBG Mobile has had its fair share of controversy with India’s neighboring country, Pakistan. Imran Khan’s government decided in July 2020 that PUBG Mobile was a negative influence on the youth of the country. The government cited that the game was a waste of time and that it posed a threat to the mental and physical wellbeing of youngsters.
But the Pakistani youth began protesting against the move in some parts of the country, stressing the importance of the game in their lives and the fact that they used the game to socialize with people of their age.
On 30 July, the ban was overturned, and PUBG Mobile was brought back to Pakistan.
In April 2019, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority decided to implement a ban on PUBG Mobile. The NTA cited concerns over the negative impact of the game on the youth. The government argued that the game was too addictive. Moreover, it also had concerns about the violence associated with the game.
However, it was only about a week later, that the apex court decided that the ban on PUBG Mobile was unnecessary, since the game was a harmless way for the kids to socialize and have fun with people of their age.