Just a month after The Government of India banned 59 Chinese apps, the news of the possibility of PUBG Mobile being banned has taken the Indian gamers by storm. While India just banned 47 more Chinese apps which were the clones of the earlier banned apps, the news of the potential ban of 275 more applications has surfaced the internet.
Sonit Jain, CEO of GajShield Infotech, stated:
Origin of the game
It is important to note that a lot of debate has been going on around the fact as to why PUBG Mobile was not banned along with TikTok. So let’s take a look at the history of the game. The PC game was developed by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of Korean Game Developer, Bluehole. Bluehole then partnered with a Chinese company, Tencent to introduce the game to the Chinese market. Tencent developed PUBG Mobile which gained traction almost immediately.
So is PUBG Mobile a Chinese app? Yes, as it was developed by Tencent. It is not a surprise that Tencent is under the Government’s radar. However, considering the fact that the original version of the game was developed by a Korean company, there is uncertainty as to whether the app will be banned or not.
The alternate game which might gain traction
Call of Duty
COD is one of the most popular battlefield games in the country. COD Mobile was developed by an American company called Activision Blizzard Pvt Ltd. It is important to note that Tencent owns only 5% in Activision Blizzard which perhaps keeps it off the government’s radar. Sensor Tower reported:
The COD Mobile application managed to garner over 100 million installations across the world within the first week of its release. It is highly likely that the game’s popularity amidst the Indian users will only spike should PUBG be banned.
We cannot rule out the possibility that PUBG Mobile ban might drive users to switch to PC games. In fact, there are highly optimized competitive PC games available for low-end PCs as well.
On the other hand, non-Chinese companies may take advantage of the opportunity and perhaps release other battle royale games to conquer the Indian mobile gaming community.