PUBG developers has seemingly found a loophole which will allow their app to be unbanned in India.
On September 7, the Government of India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banned 118 apps, including their number one best selling app ever, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile.
The ban came in force due to complaints at how Tencent Games, the PUBG Mobile developers, handle player data in a way that is "Prejudicial to Sovereignty and Integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order".
In light of the recent ban, rendering many esports professionals and millions of players throughout the country without the game, PUBG has seemingly found a way to have the app unbanned, by removing Tencent from the development of the Indian app. The PUBG Corporation has stated:
"PUBG Corporation has made the decision to no longer authorise the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. Moving forward, PUBG Corporation will take on all publishing responsibilities within the country. AS the company explores ways to provide its own PUBG experience for India in the near future, it is committed to doing so by sustaining a localised and healthy gameplay environment for its fans."
PUBG Corporation is committed to providing its unique battle royale experience to a global audience and hopes to continue engaging with it's passionate player base in India.
- PUBG Corporation
When this will come available is yet to be seen, and of course, the Indian government may still refuse to allow the app to hit their stores again as PUBG Mobile will still be affiliated with Tencent Gaming outside of India.
Fans of Call of Duty Mobile should also wear their scepticism brows, as Tencent Gaming also help develop the app that has quickly ascended to the second biggest mobile esport, behind PUBG. Similarly to how PUBG is now proposing to act, Activision remains in full control of COD Mobile, rather than Tencent Gaming, who merely assist in the development of the app.
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