Both PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite were banned in India on September 2 by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. This was due to a ministry report that confirmed the theft and transmission of user data in an unauthorized manner to servers located outside the Indian country.
The game was banned from Apple’s Google Play Store and App Store. Currently, Android players can download the game from the browser in the APK format and install it normally.
Tencent announced today that it will cancel all services and access to the two games in India on October 30. The company added that the rights to publish the games will be returned to the owner of PUBG’s intellectual property, which is PUBG. Corp.
“Dear Fans, To comply with the interim order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology dated September 2, 2020, Tencent Games will terminate all service and access for users in India to PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG MOBILE Lite (together, “PUBG Mobile”) on October 30, 2020. The rights to publish PUBG MOBILE in India will be returned to the owner of the PUBG intellectual property.”
India is the home of more than 10 Indian teams that compete in the Asian country, this new measure will affect professional players and teams such as Fnatic, TSM, or Nova GodLike. India also had in-person PUBG Mobile events this year, handing out close to $100,000 in prize money. ESL India bet strong this 2020 with competitions that had to be held in the country but which were made online due to COVID-19.
In India, Tencent had a loss of Rs 2.48 lakh crore due to the ban of both the games. The title was launched in India in the year 2018 and by the time it was banned in 2020, it had the highest number of users in India. India accounted for 24% of the world’s total users.
— Shreya (@Shreyasingh3183) October 29, 2020