So finally, Apple App Store and Google Play Store removed PUBG, after it was banned with other 117 Chinese apps by the Indian Government. But as of now, the PUBG Mobile, as well as PUBG Mobile Lite, can be played who already have it downloaded on their smartphones irrespective of an iOS device or Android.
On Friday, “We would engage with the government to get PUBG back on mobile platforms.” said Tencent.
With over 50 million daily active users, India is one of the biggest markets for PUBG, even though the revenue share is comparatively smaller. During the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, PUBG acted as a medium to actively socialize with friends staying at home.
PUBG and other banned Chinese-origin apps are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity” of the country they also added that they were receiving “many complaints from various sources including several reports about the misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India.” said Indian Govt.
PUBG is still available on other platforms like PC, PS4, and Xbox One, maybe because it was developed by South Korea’s Bluehole.
Meanwhile, Indian alternatives to PUBG have started to surface on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Bengaluru-based nCore games with Vishal Gondal, Founder, GOQii, and Bollywood Actor Akshay Kumar have announced a game called FAU-G which is expected to come in October end. FAU-G is short for Fearless and United-Guards. It was also stated that 20% of the game’s revenue will be donated to the Indian government’s fund-raising initiative Bharat Ke Veer.