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'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)

PUBG Mobile has been banned in India. (Photo Credit: PUBG Mobile Twitter/News18)

PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will no longer work for gamers in India starting October 30 (Friday), the company announced in a Facebook post.

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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.

Tencent Games that owns the mobile game, said on Facebook that it "deeply regrets this outcome" and thanked PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite fans for their support in India. The company also added: "Protecting user data has always been a top priority and we have always complied with applicable data protection laws and regulations in India. All users' gameplay information is processed in a transparent manner as disclosed in our privacy policy."

Also Read: Who Owns PUBG? Indians Are Searching to Find Out if Battle Royale Game is Chinese Too

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.

While others resorted to memes to express their feelings.

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.


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