On June 29, the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MeitY) banned 59 Chinese apps to protect citizen’s private data. At that time, the Indian gaming community was relieved that PUBG Mobile wasn’t on the list. However, things might still go dark for Indian PUBG Mobile players.
A report from News18 suggests that the Indian government is scanning 275 more apps for any potential threat to national security. Unfortunately, PUBG Mobile falls under the scanner along with other popular apps such as Ludo World, and Aliexpress.
When it comes to mobile games, PUBG Mobile is insanely popular in India, with a player base of millions. However, ever since the Indian government left out PUBG Mobile from the list of 59 banned Chinese apps, #PUBGBAN started trending on Twitter. Also, players instantly started looking for PUBG Mobile alternatives that aren’t Chinese.
Well, it looks like the most popular battle royale game is finally under the Indian government’s radar.
According to China’s National Intelligence Law of 2017, Chinese companies have to share all the information when asked upon by the Government. So, given the ongoing tension between India and China, the Indian Government has an excellent reason to scan the Chinese apps for any potential threats.
Nevertheless, there isn’t any official statement from MeitY on the PUBG Mobile ban in India, so it’s too early to start worrying about it.
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Other apps that could be potentially banned in the upcoming days include Tencent’s Ludo World, 14 apps by Xiaomi, AliExpress, 3 apps by ByteDance including Resso, Ulike, Capcut, and apps from Meitu, LBE Tech, Perfect Corp, Netease Game and Sina.