PUBG will terminate PUBG Mobile and PUBG Lite in India starting October 30, 2020. This decision, which was announced on Facebook, was taken after India banned the app, along with 117 others, under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act on September 2, 2020.
The ban had stopped new downloads of PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite, but users who already had the app could access the game. This announcement will stop the already downloaded apps of the battle royale game too.
Although PUBG Mobile has been developed by Krafton Game Union, a subsidiary of Bluehole Inc, a South Korean company, the publishing rights of PUBG Mobile in India were given to Tencent Games, a Chinese gaming giant. Coming under the radar of the Indian government for security reasons, Tencent Games is seen as the cause of the ban of the game in India.
PUBG had recently announced their withdrawal from Tencent Games, and were planning to take charge of publishing in India. As it looked like they were finding ways to bring back the game in the country, this announcement has come as a shocker to many users. In user circles, speculations of PUBG returning were made after they saw a job posting from the company on LinkedIn. Also, PubG Corporation was reported to be in talks with Bharti Airtel for the distribution rights of the game in India, according to a report by Entrackr.