PUBG Mobile and its Lite variant were banned by the Indian government back in September 2020. Despite being banned in the country, users were able to download the APK file and play the game as the developer kept access to its servers open for Indian users and was working towards making a comeback. Tencent Games, the publisher of the game in India, has now announced through a Facebook post that users in the country will no longer be able to play PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite.
This announcement comes two months after the ban was imposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. And with Tencent Games terminating all access and services for users in India to PUBG Mobile and PUBG Mobile Lite, these games will now stop working for Indian users. Here are all details of the new development.
PUBG Mobile will no longer work in India
According to the Facebook post from PUBG Mobile page, Tencent Games will terminate “all service and access for users in India to PUBG Mobile Nordic Map”: Livik and PUBG Mobile Lite (together, “PUBG Mobile”) on October 30th, 2020″. The post also stated that the right to publish PUBG Mobile in India will be returned to the owner of the PUBG intellectual property.
Notably, PUBG Corporation, the original developers of PUBG, had announced that it will no longer franchise the game to China-based Tencent Mobiles in India through an official blog post.PUBG Corp has been in talks with Reliance Jio and then Airtel for taking over the publishing rights of the game in the country with hopes to make a comeback.
However, with the ban still in place and Tencent Games stopping access to the server, PUBG Mobile will not work anymore for users who were able to play it despite the ban. This move can also restrict access through VPN, however, that’s not confirmed as of now.
A recent LinkedIn job posting by Krafton, the company that owns PUBG Corporation for ‘Corporate Development Division Manager’ in India had raised hopes, but the job could be for the console and PC versions of the game, which are not banned in India. It remains to be seen when or whether the game will be back but for now it seems to be a dead-end for all PUBG fans in India.