PUBG is now not accessible on Google Play and App Retailer, days after it was banned alongside 117 Chinese language-origin apps. On the time of writing, the sport — be it PUBG Cell or PUBG Cell Lite — proceed to work for individuals who have already got it downloaded. Devices 360 has reached out to Tencent for touch upon how lengthy it should proceed to perform, and we are going to replace if we hear again.
Earlier on Friday, Tencent mentioned it will interact with the federal government to get PUBG again on cellular platforms. India is among the greatest markets for PUBG, with over 50 million every day energetic customers reportedly, although the income share is far smaller. PUBG had taken on much more significance as India went beneath lockdown as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with the sport one of many solely methods for pals to actively socialise with one another.
The federal government says PUBG and different banned Chinese language-origin apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity” of the nation, and that it was receiving “many complaints from numerous sources together with a number of stories about misuse of some cellular apps accessible on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting customers’ knowledge in an unauthorised method to servers which have areas exterior India.” Tencent says it takes consumer and knowledge privateness critically.
Given the initially banned Chinese language apps like TikTok are nonetheless blocked within the nation, Tencent may discover it exhausting to revive PUBG Cell on Google Play and App Retailer in India. For what it is value, PUBG remains to be accessible on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. After all, that is a separate model of the sport, developed by South Korea’s Bluehole.
In the meantime, the home-grown alternate options to PUBG have began popping up. Bengaluru-based nCore video games that counts business veteran Vishal Gondal amongst traders has introduced that it’s bringing a sport known as FAU-G with the backing of actor Akshay Kumar. FAU-G is brief for Fearless and United-Guards. The builders additionally mentioned that they might donate 20 % of sport’s income to the federal government’s fund-raising initiative Bharat Ke Veer.
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