PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite will no longer work for gamers in India, starting tomorrow, October 30. The company announced the development in a post on Facebook published today. The gaming apps had faced an abrupt ban in India nearly a month ago when the Indian government named the two platforms in a list of 118 apps that were suspended in the country over security threats from China. The latest announcement 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.
The ban on PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite had come at time when the gaming platforms were seeing a growth in userbase owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ban was also a blow to fans of the game and professional gamers in India who constitute roughly 25 percent of PUBG Mobile’s userbase. Last week, PUBG Corp had posted a job opening on LinkedIn that stated a vacancy for an associate-level manager in India. However, it now appears that posting was meant for some other operations in the country and not for PUBG Mobile. Meanwhile, FAU-G game that is being touted as PUBG Mobile’s Indian alternative is gearing up for its official launch in the country next month. Its first teaser was recently posted by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar; however, its exact rollout date remains unclear at the moment.