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Starting today, Indian gamers will not be able to access PUBG Mobile, the sleeper hit mobile game.
“We deeply regret this outcome, and sincerely thank you for your support and love for PUBG Mobile in India,” the company said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
The decision comes two months after the government banned the game along with more than 100 other apps with links to China. The game was banned in the second wave of Chinese apps ban under section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2009. The government had banned TikTok and several other Chinese apps in June.
While users could no longer download game from Google Play Store or the Apple iOS Store, those who already had them installed on their devices could access the game. But now the company has terminated all services and user access in India to PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite.
PUBG Mobile India noted that the rights to publish PUBG Mobile in India will be returned to the owner of the PUBG intellectual property.
“Protecting user data has always been a top priority and we have always complied with applicable data protection laws and regulations in India,” PUBG Mobile India said in a statement.
In order to address the government’s concern, it tried to cut ties with Tencent, the game’s publishing and distribution partner in India by revoking its publishing rights. But it appears that the revocation failed to address the safety concerns.
Meanwhile, FAU-G game, the trailer of which was revealed by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, is being touted as the replacement for PUBG and is gearing up for its official launch. However, the exact rollout date is yet not confirmed.