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PUBG ban: why does PUBG Mobile still work in India but not other Chinese apps like TikTok?

On: October 15, 2020

The popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile and its Lite variant was banned by the government of India last month. This was the second most popular app banned in the country after TikTok, which was debarred earlier in June. However, while TikTok is now unavailable in India, users can still access and play PUBG Mobile in the country.

Also read: PUBG Mobile ban: you can still play PUBG in India if you have a Samsung or Xiaomi phone

PUBG Mobile fans in India can simply head to the official website and download the APK file for the game. Once downloaded, users can continue playing battle royale matches as usual. This raises the question as to why PUBG is still accessible while TikTok was completely shut down within two days of the ban. Let’s find out.

Here’s why PUBG Mobile still works while TikTok doesn’t

Government of India has banned PUBG Mobile in the country

Government of India has banned PUBG Mobile in the country

One of the main reasons why gamers can still head to the official PUBG Mobile website and download the game is that it’s a global domain. The government of India can choose to ban access to the official website but it will solve nothing since there are hundreds of other sites hosting the PUBG Mobile APK for everyone to download.

Additionally, the PUBG Mobile server is also a global one and there’s no region-specific server for India that can be removed by the developer. This is the reason why users are being able to play the game after downloading the APK file.

Moreover, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country haven’t blocked PUBG Mobile. In the case of TikTok, the ISPs were quick to react and ban all access to the app. As of now, there’s no clarification on when the complete ban will be implemented on PUBG Mobile.

India is one of the largest markets for PUBG Mobile and it’s apparent from the efforts being put in by the original developer of the game. PUBG Corp, the original developer of the game. has cut ties with China-based Tencent and is now reportedly in talks with Airtel for distribution rights of the game in India.

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