After banning 59 Chinese apps including popular ones like TikTok, WeChat, and UC Browser almost a month ago, the Indian government is planning to shut down 49 more Chinese apps and this time it is possible that PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG) may get a huge setback. According to reports, the government is mulling over banning popular online game PUBG which has a large south Asian region. It has become one of the most loved games, especially in India and Pakistan. According to a report by IANS, the game saw over 175 million installs in India. In the first quarter of this year, PUBG Mobile has seen a global revenue gain of $1.3 billion (roughly Rs 9,731 crore).
Players also earn revenue from the game and there is chance of winning anywhere from Rs.1 lakh to Rs. 10 lakhs for the first prize in weekly and monthly PUBG competitions.
Is PUBG Chinese?
Unlike other apps that have been banned, PUBG is not entirely Chinese, the game was developed and published a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. After it started gaining popularity Chinese company Tencent joined with Bluehole to handle distribution and market it in China. The game is distributed in India by Tencent Holdings It is because of this reason that the Indian government fears that the game might be used for breaching privacy and stealing personal information.