PUBG cuts off with Tencent Games Publishing ties in India a week after the ban

PUBG cuts off with Tencent Games Publishing ties in India a week after the ban

Tuesday, PUBG said the giant Chinese Tencent Games will no longer serve as an Indian publisher for the famous game, as they try to allay New Delhi’s concerns which last week prohibited gambling and 117 other apps.

Tencent Games launched and distributed PUBG Mobile games in India before Tuesday’s announcement.

PUBG cuts off with Tencent Games Publishing ties in India a week after the ban

“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 localized and healthy gameplay environment for its fans,” PUBG Corporation said in a statement.

The title, the country’s most popular mobile game ever, said it “monitors the recent bans actively,” and is “conspicuous of its passionate player base in India.”

118 Chinese applications on privacy and security problems were banning New Delhi last week. The step came in June for similar reasons following the identical ban on almost five dozen Chinese applications like TikTok. India did not explicitly mention China in any of its orders to ban – even though the two nuclear-armed countries’ activities have been linked to the geopolitical tension.

Previously to the ban, PUBG had approximately 40 million monthly active users in India, and, according to a most prominent motive analysis company – data shared by the management of TechCrunch – it was by far the top app for revenue in advance of Netflix and Tinder in the world.

“PUBG Corporation recognises and complies fully with the government’s legislation as player data protection and safety is a top priority. It hopes to collaborate with the Indian government to find a way to get players to compete again while completely complying with Indian laws and regulations, “says South Korea-based PUBG Company.

In line with the order of New Delhi, Google and Apple have removed PUBG and other applications from their respective app stores. But PUBG games are still active for current Indian users, unlike any applications that have been banned, like TikTok. That could soon change, however.

Tencent is also interested in creating PUBG Games, which in addition complicate the matter in India (PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG MOBILE Lite).

“While publishing duties could go to PUBG Corp, will Tencent still handle development of the game? If so, wouldn’t that still be in violation of the way data privacy laws here in India work? This move appears to be a bandaid solution if Tencent still develops the game,” tweeted Rishi Alwani, a long-time analyst of Indian gaming market and publisher of news outlet the Mako Reactor.

PUBG cuts off with Tencent Games Publishing ties in India a week after the ban

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