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India’s ministry of electronics and information technology banned PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Light in India on September 2. The ministry claimed that the games are stealing and transmitting user’s data in an unauthorized manner to servers located outside of India.
Although the game was banned in India, it was still playable in the country by downloading the game from a third-party source after its removal from both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. But now that won’t be possible anymore.
Tencent made an announcement today that it’ll be terminating all services and accesses for the games on October 30. It added that the rights to publish the games will be returned to the owner of the PUBG intellectual property, PUBG Corp.
“Protecting user data has always been a top priority and we have always complied with applicable data protection laws and regulations in India,” Tencent said. “We deeply regret this outcome, and sincerely thank you for your support and love for PUBG Mobile in India.”
Although the game is inaccessible now in India, it could return in the future. When the game was first banned by the ministry, PUBG Corp. issued a statement saying it was taking over “all publishing responsibilities” of the game within the country.
PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Light weren’t the only games banned in India, 116 other apps were banned as well, all of which are of Chinese origin. The decision comes after tension between India and China but seeing that PUBG Corp. is a subsidiary of South Korean company Krafton, the game could be unbanned if it publishes PUBG Mobile in the country.