South Korea-based company Krafton, which owns the proprietary rights of PUBG, has released teasers regarding a new game called Battlegrounds Mobile India specially designed for the country of India.
After the Indian government announced last September that it had banned a group of Chinese applications, about 119, including the game Peggy, and the ban stemmed from the government’s fear of data for users living in India.
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Krafton tried to isolate itself from the Chinese company Tencent, in order to lift the ban on the game in India.
Two months after the ban began, Krafton said it aims to bring PUBG back to India in some form, and the company has also pledged to invest $100 million in the local gaming community.
It seemed obvious that PUBG returned with an Indian version with no connection to Tencent whatsoever that got the game banned in the first place.
The teaser suggests that the upcoming game could look a lot like the banned game, and Crafton said in a statement: There is an initial registration period before the game officially launches in the country.
PUBG games are being removed because the game is one of the most popular games in India with nearly 50 million monthly active users and this is before PUBG was banned in India so many people waited impatiently for the game to come back to the country in order to replay play.
Last month, PUBG still has more than 10 million users in India, where many people a VPN service which allows users to break the government’s ban on the game and other solutions to bypass the game’s geographic limitation.
Krafton said: The game PUBG was developed exclusively for the world’s second largest internet market, and Krafton said we are working with partners to build an electronic games ecosystem while providing regular in-game content, and the company said the game is coming with a series of events for India at the launch of Battlegrounds Mobile India.
The game – which uses the color scheme of the Indian flag – clearly delivers its esports ecosystem that is separate from the base game.
This also means that in-game events will differ between the two games, so the player base is quickly splitting between the two versions, with a third game called PUBG New State coming later this year.
This could be to avoid any conflict with the insistence of the Indian government to store all user data in the country.
The company said:: Because privacy and data security are considered our top priority, we work with partners to ensure data protection and security at every stage we do, and this ensures that users’ privacy rights are respected and that all data collection and storage is fully comply with all applicable laws and regulations in India and the players there.
Battlegrounds Mobile India includes some restrictions to protect minors (under the age of 18), who must provide a parent or guardian’s phone number in order to play, and the daily time and spend is limited to three hours and approximately $95.