Battlegrounds (PUBG) is looking for an Indian gaming firm to partner and reverse the ban it faced due to its ties with Tencent Games, a Chinese tech major.The possibilities of PUBG Mobile India’s return to India have increased due to constant job listings by the company on LinkedIn.
More than seven months have passed since the Indian government decided to ban PUBG Mobile India due to data privacy concerns. Since then lakhs of gamers are eagerly waiting for the relaunch of PUBG Mobile India while some has shifted to other games,
While PUBG developers are yet to make any official announcement regarding the relaunch of PUBG Mobile India, speculations are rife that PUBG Mobile India would be relaunched soon. The possibilities of the game’s return have increased due to constant job listings by the company on LinkedIn.
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AFK Gaming recently reported that Kumar Krishnan Iyer and Hyunil Sohn have been registered as the directors of PUBG India Pvt. Ltd. Hyunil Sohn is the Head Of Corporate Development at KRAFTON Inc.
Meanwhile, PU-BG: New State has crossed the 10 million pre-registrations mark on Google Play store. It may be recalled that the game was announced in February and it is also banned in India.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is looking for an Indian gaming firm to partner and reverse the ban it faced due to its ties with Tencent Games, a Chinese tech major. PUBG Mobile has a large number of gamers in India and since the ban earlier this month, South Korea-based Corporation has cut ties with Tencent Games and looking for a way to start publishing all games on its own in India.
According to a report by LiveMint, negotiations are going on to pass on the rights to an Indian gaming firm. As per their source, the new licensing agreement is already in the making. This future partner will be handling the distribution of the game whereas PU-BG Corporation will retain the publishing rights of the game which was not the case earlier.
“Ownership is only one of the concerns. But there are several other issues, based on which the ban has been ordered. The concerns are related to data privacy security, activity inside the phone, etc.,” a senior government official told Mint
.Since the ban on PUBG and 117 other apps, the government of India has sent more than 70 queries to the FPS gaming giant. The company has to respond within three weeks to this long list of queries.
“PUBG Corporation fully understands and respects the measures taken by the government as the privacy and security of player data is a top priority for the company. It hopes to work hand-in-hand with the Indian government to find a solution that will allow gamers to once again drop into the battlegrounds while being fully compliant with Indian laws and regulations,” the official blog post from PUBG noted.
“The company explores ways to provide its own PU-BG experience for India in the near future, it is committed to doing so by sustaining a localised and healthy gameplay environment for its fans.”
The ban on PU-BG Mobile turned out to be a blessing in disguise for other shooting FPS games available on smartphones. Trying to fill the void left by PU-BG, one of the most popular smartphone games in the world, players tried their hand at similar battle royale games since it was removed from Play Store and Apple App Store. The 118 apps banned by the government earlier this month also included a few PU-BG alternatives like Rules of Survival, Cyber Hunter, Knives Out, and others. The ban led to a massive increase in the downloads of the current alternatives available like Call of Duty Mobile, Garena Free Fire, and others.