PUBG Mobile has been banned in India over security concerns
Tencent Holdings Ltd’s videogame PUBG Mobile ranks among the world’s top 5 mobile games with over 734 million downloads and it has around 33 million active users in India. The Ministry of Information & Technology banned PUBG, a wildly popular game in India and 117 other mobile applications on September 2, 2020.
UPDATE 1: PUBG Ban Impact: Tencent Loses $14 billion in Market Value, Its Shares Fall Over 2% After India Bans PUBG.
UPDATE 2: In light of recent developments, PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG MOBILE franchise to Tencent Games in India. 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 fan.
Why Indian Government banned Pubg in India ?
The decision came amid soaring tensions between India and China following their deadliest standoff in decades near a disputed border in the Ladakh region.
The mobile game has been banned along with the other apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act because “they are engaged in activities that are prejudicial to India’s sovereignty and integrity, defense of India, the security of a state and public order.”
The release further notes that the IT Ministry has received many complaints from various sources 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 that have locations outside India.
This is the second time the government of India has banned Chinese apps in the country. The first set of apps banned in India included 59 of them, followed by more 47 China-based applications. All these apps have been removed from the Google Play store as well as Apple App Store.
Here is the full list of apps banned by the government on September 2:
- APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart
- APUS Launcher -Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps
- APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner
- APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus
- APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright
- Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor
- Baidu Express Edition
- FaceU – Inspire your Beauty
- ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals
- CamCard – Business Card Reader
- CamCard Business
- CamCard for Salesforce
- VooV Meeting – Tencent Video Conferencing
- Super Clean – Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster
- WeChat reading
- Government WeChat
- Small Q brush
- Tencent Weiyun
- WeChat Work
- Cyber Hunter
- Cyber Hunter Lite
- Knives Out-No rules, just fight!
- Super Mecha Champions
- Dawn of Isles
- Ludo World-Ludo Superstar
- Chess Rush
- PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik
- PUBG MOBILE LITE
- Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade
- Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon
- Dank Tanks
- Game of Sultans
- Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos
- Smart AppLock (App Protect)
- Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team
- Hide App-Hide Application Icon
- AppLock Lite
- Dual Space – Multiple Accounts & App Cloner
- ZAKZAK Pro – Live chat & video chat online
- ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app
- Music – Mp3 Player
- Music Player – Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
- HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera
- Cleaner – Phone Booster
- Web Browser & Fast Explorer
- Video Player All Format for Android
- Photo Gallery HD & Editor
- Photo Gallery & Album
- Music Player – Bass Booster – Free Download
- HD Camera – Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama
- HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera
- Music Player – MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer
- Gallery HD
- Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer
- Web Browser – Secure Explorer
- Music player – Audio Player
- Video Player – All Format HD Video Player
- Lamour Love All Over The World
- Amour- video chat & call all over the world.
- MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community
- MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor
- APUS Message Center-Intelligent management
- LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers
- Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-
- Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games
- Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games
- Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game
- Z Camera – Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage
- GO SMS Pro – Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji
- U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate
- Ulike – Define your selfie in trendy style
- Tantan – Date For Real
- MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen
- Kitty Live – Live Streaming & Video Live Chat
- Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles
- Mobile Taobao
- Road of Kings- Endless Glory
- Sina News
- Netease News
- Penguin FM
- Murderous Pursuits
- Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology
- Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese
- HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream
- Little Q Album
- Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords
- Hi Meitu
- Mobile Legends: Pocket
- VPN for TikTok
- VPN for TikTok
- Penguin E-sports Live assistant
- Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices
- Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie
- Parallel Space Lite – Dual App
- “Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC
- MARVEL Super War NetEase Games
- AFK Arena
- Creative Destruction NetEase Games
- Crusaders of Light NetEase Games
- Mafia City Yotta Games
- Onmyoji NetEase Games
- Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games
- Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded
- Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games
- Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games
- Soul Hunters
- Rules of Survival
Benefits of banning Pubg Game:
- Pubg is being played so much in India commonly by students and teenagers that people are spending 4 -6 hours as the game is so addictive, so there will be a relief to eyes after the ban.
- The addiction to PUBG Mobile has resulted in several cases where the players are injuring themselves; banning will decrease these case, still, other games are there who addiction is not good.
- The game is supposedly distracting students from their education and is creating a nuisance, but now students will focus more on the study.
- Now youngsters will think of doing something productive, spending time in the real world, or doing physical activities.
Alternatives to Pubg Mobile:
Call of Duty Mobile
Biggest rival of PUBG in the genre. It is available for both Android and iPhone users and has garnered over 100 million downloads on Google Playstore.
Available to play on mobiles, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, Fortnite is the biggest battle-royale game in the world. The premise of the game includes 100 players jumping off on to a battlefield to fight it out and the last player standing becomes the winner.
A CRAZY FUN TWIST ON FAMILIAR BATTLE ROYALE ~ Fight for survival in an epic last man standing multiplayer battle royale, a total of 32 players can take part in real-time battles, which are 3-5 minutes long.
Next up is ShadowGun Legends, which is developed by Madfinger Games. This game is available on Android as well as iOS devices.
Garena Free Fire
Free Fire is the ultimate survival shooter game available on mobile. Each 10-minute game places you on a remote island where you are pit against 49 other players, all seeking survival.
The first 59 Chinese apps were banned on June 31.