India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) banned PUBG Mobile and 117 other Chinese apps earlier this month. There were talks previously that the ban on PUBG Mobile and its Lite variant might be temporary. However, a report by InsideSport has revealed that the government has no plans to lift the ban on PUBG Mobile or any other app on the banned list at the moment.
With 33 million active users in India, PUBG Mobile immediately sprung into action and there were reports that original developer, PUBG Corp was in talks with Reliance Jio to become a publisher and distribution partner in the country. Prior to that, the South Korean developer had announced that it would no longer franchise the distribution of the game in India to China-based Tencent Games.
PUBG Mobile ban in India is permanent
The report by InsideSport cited ministry sources to claim that the situation has not changed for PUBG. According to the report, people from the ministry have stated that a simple announcement of severing ties with Tencent Mobile is not enough to revoke the ban on the game.
Notably, PUBG Corp had announced in its release a few days ago that the company will reach out to the government to work out a solution. However, InsideSport reports that so far the developer has not initiated any representation to the ministry to lift the ban on the game in the country.
The press release shared by PUBG Corp earlier stated that the company is working closely with the Indian government to find a way to remove ban by being fully compliant with Indian laws and regulations. It appears that the developer was working towards this by roping in Reliance Jio as the distribution partner in India.
However, as things stand, the government is pretty firm in its decision to keep the ban in place.