PUBG Mobile India Coming Back After Ban, Developers Have Announced

PUBG Mobile developers have announced that they will be launching a new game called PUBG Mobile India to cater to Indian players. PUBG Mobile was banned by the Indian government in September and around the same time, PUBG Corporation had announced that it will no longer authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise for Shenzhen-based Tencent Games in India. Although the team announced that it would end access for users in India from October 30, the game is still playable by several people who have installed it on their Android and iOS devices.

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PUBG COMING SOON?

PUBG Corporation has announced that it is preparing to launch a new game called PUBG Mobile India that is “made especially for the Indian market”. The new game will maximize data security for its players and adhere to local regulations, the announcement said. PUBG Corporation states that regular audits and verifications will take place on the storage systems that store Indian users’ personal information to ensure that the data is kept secure.

The developers have also shared that they will improve the in-game content and also adapt it to “the local needs”. These changes include a virtual simulation training ground, new character clothing, and green hit effects instead of red. It will also add a feature to limit playtime for younger players.

In addition, PUBG Corporation plans to establish a local office where it will hire more than 100 employees to improve communications and services with players. “In addition to setting up a local office, the company will actively collaborate and leverage local companies to bolster its gaming service,” the developers added.

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Finally, PUBG Corporation and parent company Krafton plan to invest $100 million (approximately Rs. 746 crores) in India to “cultivate the local video game, e-sports, entertainment and IT industries.” As of now, the team has not shared a release date for PUBG Mobile India.

PUBG Mobile was banned in India along with PUBG Mobile Lite and 116 other apps by the Indian government in early September, and the games were subsequently removed from the Play Store and App Store in the country. However, PUBG Mobile remained playable for people who already had it installed. Then, on October 29, the PUBG Mobile team shared a post on Facebook stating that as of October 30, “Tencent Games will provide all service and access for users in India to PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG MOBILE Lite (collectively, “PUBG Mobile”). on October 30, 2022.

The rights to publish PUBG MOBILE in India will be returned to the owner of PUBG’s intellectual property.” Indian fans of the game were largely disappointed with the news of the ban, whether it was casual gamers who spent an hour a day on the game or streamers who made it their profession. As we found out during our conversations with Indian streamers, there were instances where they reported loss of revenue and views. In some cases, their fans demanded that they go back to PUBG Mobile instead of playing other games. But there were also cases where viewership increased for some streamers due to other games such as Call of Duty: Mobile.

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Updated: March 16, 2022 — 1:45 pm

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