PUBG Mobile is looking to make comeback to India as it breaks its ties with Tencent Games in India. India is the largest user base for PUBG Mobile in the world.
“PUBG Corporation fully understands and respects the measures taken by the government as the privacy and security of player data is a top priority for the company. It hopes to work hand-in-hand with the Indian government to find a solution that will allow gamers to once again drop into the battlegrounds while being fully compliant with Indian laws and regulations,” the PUBG Corporation, the South Korean gaming company said in the statement.
“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 fans,” the statment further added.
PUBG Mobile is intellectual property owned and developed by PUBG Corporation, a South Korean gaming company.
“PUBG MOBILE is the mobile version of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), an intellectual property owned and developed by PUBG Corporation, a South Korean gaming company. The company is actively engaged in developing and publishing PUBG on multiple platforms, including PUBG MOBILE in select territories, to provide the best player experiences possible,” the statment added.
The government has blocked 118 mobile apps (including PUBG Mobile) which it said are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”.
The Indian government’s decision to ban PUBG Mobile has caused heavy financial costs to Tencent Game. The Chinese conglomerate has $34 billion in market value in two days since the announcement. Apart from PUBG Mobile, other popular games by Tencent holding such as Arena of Valor, Ludo World and Chess Run have also been blocked in India.