In a highly relieving move for the Indian gaming ecosystem, PUBG Mobile developers have announced that they are soon going to re-enter the Indian market after the ban. The developers revealed that they would launch a new game named PUBG Mobile India to cater to the gamers in the country.
The developers maintained that PUBG Mobile India is ‘specifically created for the Indian market’ and that the new game will adhere to the local regulations whilst also maximizing the data security of the players in India. The developers also specified that PUBG Mobile India would go through regular audits and verifications to make sure that the personal information of the players are kept safe.
Moreover, the new game is also expected to get an in game ‘Indian touch’ in order to reflect the local needs. The game will now also include virtual simulation training grounds with characters starting automatically clothed. It will also include a feature which keeps restrictions to game time with the aim to promote healthy gaming habits among young players.
The PUBG Corporation also claimed that they would be starting an office in India, providing employment to over 100 people while enhancing their communication and services with the players. Additionally, they also showed an interest in collaborating with local companies to strengthen its business in India. PUBG Corporation along with parent company Krafton is also expected to invest $100 million in India in “to cultivate the local video game, e-sports, entertainment and IT industries”.
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PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite was banned in India by the Central government along with over hundered other applications in early September under Section 69A of IT Act, citing national security reasons.
After the PUBG Mobile developers, Tencent were unable to come to terms with the Indian law, PUBG Corporation had announced that they are revoking the distribution rights for the game in India from Tencent.
Though, the PUBG Mobile team said that,“Tencent Games will terminate all service and access for users in India to PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik and PUBG MOBILE Lite (together, “PUBG Mobile”) on October 30, 2020,” the game is still available for some Android and iOS users who continue to play it.
The official date for the release of the new hasn’t yet been disclosed, but with the kind of popularity the game enjoyed amongst gamers the return of PUBG Mobile would surely help in rapid growth of the Indian gaming industry.