PUBG Mobile may soon return to India as South Korean company pulls rights from Tencent Games
Amid row over the PUBG Mobile ban among other apps, the PUBG corporation on Tuesday revoked Tencent Games' publishing rights for the game in India.
Days after the PUBG Mobile ban in India, the PUBG corporation has decided to revoke authorization of the game s’ franchise from China’s Tencent Games. Earlier this week, the Indian government announced a ban on PUBG Mobile along with 117 other Chinese Apps. The government alleged that the apps were “prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity, defense of India, and public order.”
As part of the latest developments, PUBG Corporation has issued a statement to stand in solidarity with the Indian government on its decision. According to the announcement, PUBG Mobile will no longer be controlled by Tencent Games in India. The South Korean company will take full charge of all the subsidiaries. This could ultimately mean that PUBG Mobile may soon return to India.
PUBG Corporation 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,” PUBG Corporation said in a blog.
Due to PUBG Mobile’s publisher Tencent Games being a Chinese company, the battle royale game also came under the list of banned apps in India. However, it is important to note that PUBG is still available for users. This is because it was originally developed by a South Korean gaming company.
“PUBG Corporation is committed to providing its unique battle royale experience to a global audience and hopes to continue engaging with its passionate player base in India. In addition to regular content updates, the company is exploring different ways to engage its community in India through various region-based activities, including esports and community events,” the statement read.
The government of India had previously banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps in India. Following the ban, PUBG Mobile was removed from Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The game can still be played by those who had it installed on their devices. However, new updates like the new PUBG Mobile 1.0 are not available for users in India. It remains to be seen if this major development helps PUBG Mobile lovers get their favorite battle royale game unbanned.
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