Back in September, PUBG Mobile got banned in India along with 117 other mobile apps. Since then, Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation has tried numerous ways to make a comeback in the Indian market. Well, it looks like all those attempts have gone in vain since the company today announced that it is shutting down its Indian servers once and for all. This means that the players will not be able to play the game starting from today. For those who’re unaware, various Indian players were still able to access the server. Of course, This was being done by going a few extra miles.
PUBG Mobile service completely shut down in India!
PUBG Mobile announced the new development on its official Facebook account and posted the same on its forum as well. According to the post, PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will cease to exist in the country from October 30. With the Indian servers shutting down, players will not be able to play the title on their devices. It would be interesting to see whether the players will be able to bypass the restriction with the help of VPN or proxy servers.
Apart from shutting down the service and servers, the rights to the title in the country have been returned to the original owner. This means that Tencent Games no longer hold the publishing rights of the title in India. As of now, there is no information on whether the player date will be preserved or deleted. Last week, PUBG Corp opened up a few job positions in India on LinkedIn. This new move suggested that the game might see a revival. Well, it’s unclear why the company is hiring in the country if the game will cease to exist. On the other hand, it is worth noting that the original PUBG game still exists for other platforms such as PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Other big names were also a part of the previous ban!
PUBG Mobile is not the only major mobile app or game that has been banned by the Indian government. Back in June, the Indian government banned around 59 mobile applications. The list includes numerous big names such as TikTok, WeChat, and Mi Community. All these bans were announced by the Ministry of Information Technology after it “received many complaints from various sources about the misuse of some mobile apps”.
These apps were claimed to steal and transmit users’ data to outside servers in an unauthorized manner. After a couple of months, a second wave was witnessed in which 118 mobile apps got banned and this time it included the all-time popular PUBG Mobile.