Millions of gamers in India were served "chicken dinner" on Monday night after the Indian government decided to slash 59 Chinese mobile applications.
The Indian government banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. The list of apps that have been banned also includes Helo, Likee, Cam Scanner, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call, Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein.
However, what confused everyone was: Why has PUBG not been banned?
The PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG was developed by a man named Brendan Greene, who hails from Ireland.
The massively popular multiplayer game, a staple in Indian households, did not find a mention in the long list of 59 Chinese apps which were collectively termed as "engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of state and public order."
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has invoked its power under section 69A of the Indian Information Technology Act, 2000, which specifies "Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public".
This was when Indian gamers furiously searched for PUBG in the list and fortunately for them, the gaming app was pretty much intact for the loyal gamers to go back to another day.
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#TikTok and all chinese apps ban in india expect PubG
PubG Player right now: pic.twitter.com/SvjWcrKcKc
— Narendra modi (@Pm_modi_99) June 29, 2020
"59 chinese apps including #TikTok gets banned by India Goverment ". * PUBG users rn : pic.twitter.com/8MITimtLFI — Faizan Ansari (@Faizzsome13) June 29, 2020
Pubg is not banned by government but #TikTok ban ho gya
Le Pubg users : pic.twitter.com/OS8wwgDhLX
— NAMAN (@Pseudopanditt) June 29, 2020
Tiktok & all other Chinese apps are banned in India expect PUBG. Meanwhile #PUBG squad rightnow:#DigitalAirStrike pic.twitter.com/uL2c0Lba7k — Saurabh Singh (@100rabhsingh781) June 29, 2020
— RaHul SiNgh (@_gohan4) June 29, 2020
#tiktokbanned with 58 others apps in India excluding PUBG *Pubg right now : pic.twitter.com/TcNRrR4bWu — Haunted Memer (@HauntedMemer) June 29, 2020
Indian Government planing to ban Chinese apps.
— Kapish Rao (@RaoKapish) June 29, 2020
Pubg watching other Chinese apps get banned #TikTok pic.twitter.com/e7xzq84KI5 — twiter.lines (@TwiterLines) June 29, 2020
— FARU (@farhanshams116) June 29, 2020
When #TikTok is banned but not #PUBG Everyone to government : pic.twitter.com/wzUCTOk8tj — Kuldeep Chaudhary (@Its__memes) June 29, 2020
— Tushar Mandloi (@TusharMandloi2) June 29, 2020
When Indian Govt. banned #TikTok but not PUBG*😂 🙈 Me and bois: pic.twitter.com/BazekRUXLq — DOPE.🍷 (@Antic_piece) June 29, 2020
When government ban #TikTok and other Chinese Apps But not PUBG
Le Tik-tokers : pic.twitter.com/OsT37FsFVy
— ? (@sarcastic_fuck) June 29, 2020
When you can't understand why government banned all Chinese except PUBG but you love playing PUBG. pic.twitter.com/lJ9TyMnEA8 — Sagar (@sagarcasm) June 29, 2020
— HARSH 🇮🇳 (@Nationalist1110) June 29, 2020
#TikTok Meanwhile tiktokers to government for not banning pubg pic.twitter.com/yp7EKZbeN4 — WKF Media (@MediaWkf) June 29, 2020
Indian Government banned #tiktok and 58 other Chinese apps but PUBG is not in the list
Le PUBG players rn: pic.twitter.com/e2Kv6Pazpi
— Vikram singh (@poptheIcons) June 29, 2020
Pic 1 : pubg lover when they hear news of bubg ban.. Pic 2 : jab unhe pta chle ki pubg ban list me nhi h.#TikTok pic.twitter.com/2eEm7875j2 — Arya Stark (@aryaeddardstark) June 29, 2020
In 2017, there were reports that PUBG could get banned in China because it was too violent and bloody and went against the cultural values of the country. In fact, the government offered PUBG lovers a state-approved alternative of the game, Force for Peace.
This is where the Chinese company Tencent stepped in.
Tencent Games, which was part of Chinese conglomerate Tencent Holdings, offered to develop a mobile version of the game, PUBG Mobile, after changing the format a bit. Soon after the India-China face off, Indians also googled to see how much of PUBG Tencent actually owns, in an attempt to understand exactly how Chinese the game is. For those wondering, Tencent has a 10% stakehold in Bluehole.
In India, however, people welcomed the game with open arms. Soon enough, that seemed to be all that people talked about! In 2018, a survey carried out by Quartz showed that 62% of the respondents out of over 1,000 individuals said that they were hooked to the game. The survey also showed that the main reason why Indians loved PUBG was that it was better than other available games while some respondents admitted that they decided to give the game a try because everyone was talking about it.
Here's the actual list of Chinese apps that have come under the scanner of the Indian government:
TikTok, Shareit, Kwai, UC Browser, Baidu map, Shein, Clash of Kings, DU battery saver, Helo, Likee, YouCam makeup, Mi Community, CM Browser, Virus Cleaner, APUS Browser, ROMWE, Club Factory, Newsdog, Beauty Plus, WeChat, UC News, QQ Mail, Weibo, Xender, QQ Music, QQ Newsfeed, Bigo Live, SelfieCity, Mail Master, Parallel Space, Mi Video Call – Xiaomi, WeSync, ES File Explorer, Viva Video – QU Video Inc, Meitu, Vigo Video, New Video Status, DU Recorder, Vault- Hide, Cache Cleaner DU App studio, DU Cleaner, DU Browser, Hago Play With New Friends, Cam Scanner, Clean Master – Cheetah Mobile, Wonder Camera, Photo Wonder, QQ Player, We Meet, Sweet Selfie, Baidu Translate, Vmate, QQ International, QQ Security Center, QQ Launcher, U Video, V fly Status Video, Mobile Legends, DU Privacy.
The move comes days after twenty Indian Army personnel, including a colonel, were killed in clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the biggest military confrontation between India and China in over five decades.