On 2nd September 2020, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) of Govt. of India imposed a ban on the massively popular Battle Royale game, PUBG Mobile and its lite version. The ban was imposed due to a violation of the User Agreement and Privacy of the players. Also, the National Security was at threat. The game was removed from Google Play Store and Apple App Store in India within a few hours. The official PUBG Mobile team today announced that PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will not be accessible from India any more as they will terminate services and access to the game for all Indian users on October 30, 2020.
The aftermath of PUBG Mobile & PUBG Mobile Lite ban in India
They issued a notice saying that they respect the decision and order of the Indian Government and actively working with them to sort out the issue.
The ban left many gamers and streamers clueless. For them, PUBG Mobile was not only a game rather it was an emotion. The impact of the ban was clearly seen at the initial stage.
Although, many people were still able to access the game as the servers were still live. The game functioned normally and the players could play without any difficulties.
Apart from this, people had hoped on PUBG Mobile to make a comeback as PUBG Corp had pulled out of their partnership with Tencent from publishing the game in India.
In addition to this, many news and speculations surfaced. There were many reports regarding PUBG Mobile looking for Indian Companies like Reliance Jio to tie up and re-launch in the market.
PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite were recently banned in India along with other Chinese apps like TikTok, WeChat, CamScanner and others. The two games had a huge user base in India and many continued to play the game in the country even after the ban. While the game was no longer available on the Indian version of the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, those who installed it could play it online.
According to a recent post by PUBG Mobile, the company will close its Indian servers for both PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite starting October 30th.
PUBG Mobile to terminate all service and access for Indian users
However, PUBG Mobile confirmed that they will terminate all the services and access for the users in India for PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite on October 30th. They announced it on their Official Facebook page and Discord server.
#PUBGMOBILE RT if you will really miss it pic.twitter.com/Xs4uyYF5Id
– Anurag Nishad (@ AnuragN61265128) October 29, 2020
#PUBGMOBILE will end service in India until September 30th
– SDLOH (@iamjitusrivas) October 29, 2020
#PUBGMOBILE TO END SERVICES AND END SERVERS IN INDIA FROM OCTOBER 30
ME who just finished missions for 100 RP: pic.twitter.com/Ej5bY8sbtx
– @ अमर गौतम (@ amargautam909) October 29, 2020
We all miss you here in India from tomorrow. Bye @PUBGMOBILE, thank you for not just being a game, but an emotion in everyone. #PUBGMOBILE pic.twitter.com/uieXrINouD
– Haricharan (@gvharicharan) October 29, 2020
In the official post, the PUBG Mobile team announced that they will return the rights to publish PUBG Mobile in India back to the PUBG Corporation, the owner of the PUBG Intellectual property. They also stated that they deeply regret this outcome and thanked the huge Indian fanbase of the game for all the love and support.
While this announcement opens room for new speculation on the future of PUBG Mobile in India, if you are missing playing PUBG Mobile, you can try out these PUBG Mobile alternatives. FAU-G, anticipated to be an Indian version of the popular Battle Royale is set to release in November this year, with publisher nCore Games dropping the game teaser just days ago. While we all wait for more news on the future of PUBG Mobile in India, you can settle with these games for now.
In an unexpected turn of events today, the official PUBG Mobile India Facebook page announced the termination of all services and user access across India, to PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite, as of October 30, 2020 This announcement follows the Indian government decision to ban PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite on September 2, 2020 Gambling has been banned under Section 69A of the 2009 Act on information technology
In more detail, PUBG Mobile India stated that all publishing rights for PUBG Mobile will rest with the owner of the PUBG intellectual property – PUBG Corporation PUBG Mobile also emphasized that protecting user data is their top priority and that they have always complied with the country’s data protection laws
PUBG Corporation also recently announced that it is withdrawing its partnership with Tencent and will work with the Indian government to find a quick solution They apparently want to comply with all existing laws in the country and will take over operations
In addition, they also pointed out that they were looking for viable options to bring PUBG Mobile back to the country
This claim was supported by their recent job posting LikendIn, in which they were looking for a director of the business development division, to run operations in India
According to speculation, this could be the requirement to operate PUBG Mobile in India, after the launch of the Indian version of the game This news has provided a silver lining to all PUBG Mobile gamers and fans across the countries, who were completely shocked by the gambling ban The official Facebook post read,
PUBG Mobile was developed by Krafton Game Union, a subsidiary of South Korean company Bluehole Incorporated The rights to publish the game in India were previously held by Tencent Games However, following the Indian government’s decision to ban the game in the country, Bluehole Incorporated severed all ties with Tencent games and decided to take over the publishing rights to the game.
In an unexpected turn of events that occurred today, PUBG Mobile India’s official Facebook page announced the termination of all services and user access across India, to PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite, starting from 30th October 2020. This announcement came on the back of the Indian government’s decision to ban PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite on 2nd September, 2020. The game was banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2009.
Further elaborating, PUBG Mobile India said that all the publishing rights for PUBG Mobile will be returned the owner of the PUBG Intellectual property – PUBG Corporation. PUBG Mobile also stressed on the fact that protecting user data is their top priority, and that they have always complied with the data protection laws of the country.
PUBG Mobile to shut down all servers and access in India
PUBG Corporation recently also announced that they are withdrawing their partnership with Tencent, and that they will work with the Indian government to look for a quick resolution. They seemingly want to comply with all the existing laws in the country, and will take complete charge of operations
Furthermore, they also stressed on the fact they were looking for viable options to bring PUBG Mobile back to the country.
This claim was backed up by their recent LikendIn job posting, in which they were looking for a Corporate Development Division Manager, for running operations in India.
According to speculations, this might be the requirement for operating PUBG Mobile in India, post the launch of the game’s Indian version. This news provided a ray of hope to all PUBG Mobile players and fans across the country, who were left completely shocked by the game’s ban. The official Facebook post read
PUBG Mobile has been developed by Krafton Game Union, which is a subsidiary of the South-Korean company Bluehole Incorporated. The publishing rights for the game in India were previously held by Tencent Games. However, following the Indian government’s decision to ban the game in the country, Bluehole Incorporated cut all ties with Tencent games, and decideed to take the publishing.
When are PUBG Mobile India servers shutting down?
Recently, however, the official PUBG Mobile Facebook page posted the following update. As you can see, the post says that all services and access to PUBG mobile games will be terminated for Indian users. 30 October. The post highlighted how the company has always been committed to protecting its ‘users’ data, and expressed disappointment over the outcome.