New Delhi, October 30: PUBG Mobile Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG Mobile Lite will no longer work for gamers in India, starting October 30, Tencent Games announced on Thursday. In a statement, Tencent Games said it will terminate all services and access for Indians users to PUBG Mobile Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG Mobile Lite in compliance with the Indian government September 2 order. PUBG Stops Working for Indian Gamers After New Update, Players Unable to Download Updated Version of PUBG App From Google Play or App Store.
On September 2, the Indian government had banned 118 apps, including the immensely popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile, Baidu and several VPNs that allowed access to TikTok that was earlier banned. Subsequently, the game was removed from both Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The action came after the Chinese incursion attempts in Indian territory at Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh. Is PUBG a Chinese App? Here's Everything You Need to About Developers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Gaming App Banned in India.
Despite the ban order, some versions of PUBG Mobile were working in India. But, from October 30 onwards, the games will no longer be available in India. Tencent Games said on Facebook that it "deeply regrets this outcome" and thanked PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite fans for their support in India.
PUBG Mobile is the mobile version PUBG, an intellectual property owned and developed by PUBG Corporation, a South Korean gaming company. After PUBG became popular, Tencent, a Chinese conglomerate, had joined hands with the company to market the product in China and started handling a large portion of its distribution in other countries, including in India.
Following the Indian government's ban, PUBG Corporation said it has made the decision to no longer authorize the PUBG Mobile franchise to Tencent Games in India, opening the possibility of the ban being lifted. But, it is now confirmed that the game won't make a comeback in India at least for now.
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