'Saviour in Lockdown': PUBG Fans Bid Emotional Farewell as Battle Royale Game Shuts Shop in India
PUBG Mobile has been banned in India. (Photo Credit: PUBG Mobile Twitter/News18)
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds aka PUBG will no longer work in India starting Friday (October 30), the company announced the development in a Facebook post. This comes after PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite found a mention in an order issued by the Indian government in September that stated 118 apps had been banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology over security threats from China.
The statement further highlights that Tencent is returning all rights to the developer of PUBG Mobile - PUBG Corporation which is a subsidiary of Krafton Game Union.
The massively popular multiplayer game saw a spike in the userbase in the ongoing pandemic. In fact, the fans combined with professional gamers constitute roughly 25 percent of PUBG Mobile's userbase in India.
The news they didn't expect to wake up to, gamers took to Twitter to bid an emotional farewell to a game that had been a companion for them for a long time.
#PUBGMOBILE During lockdown PUBG was a life savior .It was an emotion and reunion of long lost friends . This game has a special place in my heart . Though I am not “pro player” but I enjoyed each and every moment while I was playing it .A final bye to PUBG ❤️✨#PUBG pic.twitter.com/L0wsc2wtoR— Nikhila A (@JustNikhila) October 29, 2020
#PUBGMOBILE will always be missed. See you soon.It's not just a game but emotion. And also the the companion to introverts. Don't think anything can replace it. Till then good bye.☹️ pic.twitter.com/mocYzBjxbf— Khel Atma (@sportsssoul) October 29, 2020
While others resorted to memes to express their feelings.
#PUBGMOBILE TO END SERVICES IN INDIA FROM OCT 30.People who reached Conqueror with 8 KD and spend Lacks : It's Okay Man.Meanwhile me, who reached diamond 4 with 2.43 KD and bought RP playing Bonus Challenge : pic.twitter.com/BCa8WuqURv— अमर गौतम (@amargautam909) October 29, 2020
The announcement from the company comes days after a post on LinkedIn by PUBG Mobile's developer PUBG Corp that triggered speculation about the battle royale-style games' likely return in India.