Even after the PUBG Mobile ban in India, players were able to play it using APK file or VPN. The official page of PUBG Mobile India announced that Tencent Games would be terminating all service and access for users in India to PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite on October 30th, 2020, in compliance with the interim order of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
This news comes after the application was banned in India on September 2nd, 2020, alongside other 117 Chinese apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act over data security and privacy concerns. Following this, the game was removed from the Google Play (Andriod) and App Store (iOS).
Though the servers were still kept active and available. Players could play the game via alternative methods such as an APK and more. From the recent announcement made, we can expect this not to continue.
The announcement also mentions that the publishing rights will be returned to the owner of the PUBG intellectual property, PUBG Corporation. PUBG Mobile also stressed on the fact that protecting user data is their top priority, and that they have always complied with the data protection laws of the country. The rights to publish PUBG Mobile in India will henceforth be vested back into the hands of the original owner of the IP.
This can still be bypassed through certain measures but this looks to be the first step towards reinstating game in India in the long run.
While fans were saddened by the server shutdown.
There could be a brighter outlook to this as Krafton is completely cutting of it’s ties with tencent, they mostly will comeback stronger as they have been making various moves no do so.
Gamers were playing PUBG using VPN or APK file, this will end this for now. Get all the latest updates on PUBG Mobile lite and ban on Insidesport.