PUBG MOBILE Among 118 Mobile Apps Blocked By The Indian Government
The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of the government of India has announced that it has blocked 118 mobile apps including PUBG MOBILE. The announcement was widely circulated by ANI on Twitter.
The announcement claims that the apps are being blocked in view of information available that they are being used to engage in activities that are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, and security of state and public order. It goes on to say that the ministry has received complaints from various sources including “several reports of misuse of apps that have been allegedly stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside of India.”
The list also includes other mobile games such as Arena of Valor and MARVEL Super War along with apps such as WeChat Work and Baidu.
After escalating military tensions with China on June 15, India had banned 59 Chinese apps including Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Clash of Kings. More recently in July, reports suggested that PUBG MOBILE was under the scrutiny by the Indian Government as well.
PUBG MOBILE has a well established and growing esports ecosystem in India with teams, tournaments and influencers pulling in sizable viewership. This includes international organizations such as Fnatic and Team SoloMid that operate Indian PUBG MOBILE rosters. India is also the largest market for the game with more than 175M reported downloads in the country. While the exact nature and duration of the ban is currently unknown, it is very likely that this ban is going to have repercussions throughout the industry.
Nishant Patel is the co-founder of AFK Gaming.
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