PUBG MOBILE is one of the biggest Esports in the country and one of only a handful of properties with a vibrant ecosystem of esports teams, players, tournament organizers, endemic and on-endemic sponsors, & partners committed to the game.
PUBG Mobile was among the 118 apps and games of chinese origin banned by India’s government at the beginning of this month. This move came as a surprise and jolted the entire PUBG Mobile community.
Days after the ban, PUBG Corporation, the company behind the game announced that it no longer authorised the popular PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India. The organisation added that it would be taking over the publishing responsibilities and looking for a local partner, and this move brought glimmers of hope.
A senior government official in India has confirmed that the ban on PUBG MOBILE will not be lifted anytime soon, though the official cited a different reason for the ban remaining in place because of the violent nature of the game.
The unnamed official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter told reuters that PUBG Corp. severing ties with chinese publisher company Tencent Games will not change anything anytime soon, and that the ban remains due to complaints about its violent content.
A PUBG Corporation spokesperson also confirmed that the company has been in talks with Indian telecom company Reliance Jio, but those talks are ongoing.