Yesterday the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MeitY) of India banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok. The decision came due to the ongoing dispute between India and China at the border. However, many people are wondering why the government decided to spare PUBG Mobile despite the fact that it is developed by Tencent, a Chinese conglomerate.
On one side, PUBG Mobile fanatics are relieved that MeitY didn’t ban the free battle royale game. On the other hand, #PUBGBAN is trending in India because many people want the government to ban PUBG Mobile as well.
There’s no denying the fact that PUBG Mobile is insanely popular in India. Millions of Indian teenagers and adults are addicted to the game, especially during this Coronavirus lockdown. Moreover, there are maybe hundreds of Indian YouTubers who make their living by making content on PUBG Mobile. So, it’s understandable why #PUBGBAN trending on Twitter is scary for a lot of people and why memes like these are flooding the internet.
While some players are expressing their fear of #PUBGBAN through hilarious memes, others are still confused about the origin of PUBG Mobile. Apparently, a lot of players think that the PUBG Mobile ban is out of the equation because the game is South Korean and not Chinese.
Well, it’s true that a South Korean company developed PUBG PC; however, the mobile version of the game, i.e, PUBG Mobile, is developed by Tencent. So, the game definitely falls into the category of Chinese apps.
As of now, it’s hard to say why PUBG Mobile escaped the ban. It could be that MeitY didn’t find PUBG Mobile harvesting Indian user data like other banned Chinese apps, or the reason could be something different. I guess we’ll have our answers pretty soon.